Learning for life – SHAE Academy Director Colin Wells, left, CEO Chris Binge, Moree Plains Shire Council Mayor Katrina Humphries, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Board Member Godfrey Swan meet in one of the academy’s classrooms.
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
THE MOREE community prove time and again, they are much more than just sitting back waiting for things to happen – and it is the team behind the Moree Sports, Health, Arts and Education (SHAE) Academy that attracted attention last week.
Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall met with the academy Director Colin Wells, the CEO Chris Binge and Moree Mayor Katrina Humphries to confirm that $1.5 million had been set aside by the NSW Government to further develop the facility.
“This is a very welcome announcement and backs up the great worth of the academy concept as first proposed by Moree Shire Council’s Mitchell Johnson and the academy’s now-president CEO Chris Binge back in 2014,” Mr Marshall said.
“Since then, the pair has harnessed strong support for the academy from the Moree community, the Federal Government, Moree Plains Shire Council and now the NSW Government is honoured to add substantial support to ensure the academy continues to flourish.
“It is a genuinely community-driven concept, which has worked on the ethos of ‘local solution to local problems’, and is designed to engage students from Kindergarten to Year 12, outside school.
“The outcomes so far have been far-reaching and I look forward to seeing the SHAE Academy continue to grow and prosper.”
The MP commended the co-founders, along with the board or directors, volunteers and staff working to grow the facility and include more participants in their programs.
The funding will be used to improve the current facilities at the Anne Street campus and help support existing a future programs, including partnerships with Moree PCYC and local police.