Community appeals for help 
to salvage former school gym

Support is growing among Tantanoola residents to move their one-time school gymnasium onto the town’s oval.

The gym was built in 2011 with nearly $930,000 in Federal Government funding via a nationwide economic package dubbed Building the Education Revolution.

The impetus for the relocation has come from the closure of Tantanoola Primary School due to declining enrolments two years ago and the impending sale of the site.

Locals have also lobbied member for MacKillop Nick McBride regarding the proposal for the metal-framed facility which is two-thirds the size of a basketball/netball court.

Tantanoola farmer Peter Altschwager has spoken publicly about the gymnasium proposal.

He said that if the Tantanoola community can get the Minister’s approval, it will raise the money and find the resources to handle the relocation.

Mr Altschwager is an old scholar of Tantanoola Primary School and chaired the now-defunct committee which oversaw the Tantanoola Oval on behalf of Wattle Range Council.

It was known as the Tantanoola Sports and Showgrounds Management Board.

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