Scot MacDonald
9th Oct 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement that Alesco Senior College, Raymond Terrace Campus will receive $49,200 from the NSW Government to renovate a new campus building at 72 Port Stephens Street, Raymond Terrace for students from disadvantaged backgrounds attending courses through WEA Hunter.

The funding, which has been provided through Round Three of the Government’s Social Housing Community Improvement Fund (SHCIF) provides one-off grants of up to $50,000 to councils, not-for-profit organisations and private sector organisations to undertake physical improvements in social housing communities or other areas visited by social housing tenants.

“Funding from the SHCIF not only improves community facilities, but brings tenants, neighbours and the wider community together,” Mr MacDonald said.

“I am pleased that Alesco Senior College in Raymond Terrace will be assisted through this great government initiative.”

Principal Theresa Pantalone was delighted to receive the grant to support the growth of a new campus in 2018.

“Alesco Senior College has been supporting vulnerable young people complete Year 9 and 10 in the area for the past three years” Ms Pantalone said.

“Now with the development of a larger premises will be able to offer student opportunities to complete their HSC and also provide vocational opportunities for the wider community”.

Minister for Social Housing Pru Goward congratulated the successful applicants and thanked them for their commitment to providing improved spaces for vulnerable families to enjoy.

“We are proud to fund projects that will improve local community infrastructure in regions right across New South Wales.”

For a full list of successful projects and more information on the fund visit