ONE of three successful My Community Projects in the Bathurst Electorate is underway.

Work started this week at Bathurst Public School on the Educational App-etite project.

Bathurst MP Paul Toole said the school was awarded $198,172 under the program after the public were asked to vote on a list of nominated projects.

Mr Toole said Bathurst Public School aims to create an interactive and educational garden that engages students and community through an Augmented Reality app.

This will capture school curriculum subjects and teach students about the natural environment, sustainability and cultural heritage.

Open for all schools and the community to use, the garden will be a comfortable green space to relax and recreate, with a central yarning space used as a meeting spot and outdoor classroom.

Bathurst Public School has already paid for the design of the educational landscape. Skillset’s Land Crew will project manage and construct the garden while the Augmented Reality app will be developed by appiwork, a local Bathurst-based software company.

Mr Toole thanked all applicants and sponsors for taking the time and effort to develop their ideas and promote their projects along with the members of the community who voted.

“My Community Project captured the imagination of the Bathurst community with people putting a lot of work into their ideas and it was great to see people get behind the projects that matter to them,” Mr Toole said.

“These projects came from the community and were voted on by the community and I now look forward to seeing applicants and sponsors getting on with the job of rolling out these projects and the benefits they will provide to the local community.”

The two other successful My Community Projects were:

Café on Corporation ($20,000) – Bathurst’s Generocity church aims to purposefully create sustainable employment and training opportunities. It will partner with local disability services, people living with disabilities, their carers’ and the local community to deliver what they see as a unique opportunity to deliver quality coffee and delicious food options to the works and patrons of nearby businesses in the Bathurst Trade Centre. 

Welcome Gather Connect School Playground ($111,550) – Rejuvenating the welcoming point that is the garden gateway to Eglinton Public School where community can gather and make connections. The project will develop a welcoming path into the heart of the school which will safely link the formal school environment with inclusive play options during all weather conditions.