Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Monaro John Barilaro presented Cooma Public School with a cheque for $20,000 to develop their sensory garden project.
Mr Ajaka said the NSW Government is committed to making communities more accessible and inclusive for people with disability and this was a great example of how that can be achieved.
“The sensory garden will assist in building the capacity of the local community to engage with and support children with disability and their families,” Mr Ajaka said.
“Students with disability in Cooma will now have the opportunity to explore their surroundings and enrich their learning experience amongst their peers.
“This unique facility will provide for a stimulating, outdoor learning environment which will surely be enjoyed by students for years to come.”
Mr Barilaro said Cooma Public School had done an amazing job in independently raising funds to create a sensory garden to improve the learning outcomes of their students with disability.
“I am very pleased to provide this additional NSW Government funding to make this project possible,” Mr Barilaro said.
“It is vital we build opportunities for early intervention, engagement and support amongst young people with disability within our community.”
Cooma Public School has strong support structures available for students with intellectual and physical disability. It has a proud history of providing quality education to the Monaro region since 1863.