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Tasmanian company lends a hand to special-needs students

FAMILY-owned Tasmanian company Hazell Bros has helped improve the lives of students at Southern Support School by voluntarily contributing resources and labour to install specialised playground equipment and enhance the school’s facilities.

Southern Support School is a dedicated special education school for 96 students who live with a range of disabilities and mobility issues.

Hazell Bros catered for the special needs of students by installing a level-to-ground trampoline with wheelchair access, a roundabout swing in the junior playground and doing restorative work on the back car park.

“We are the only resource like this in the south of Tasmania, so it’s very important for our students to have access to what they need to do their learning,” Southern Support School principal Simon Ellaby said.

Hazell Bros finance manager Paul Sheen said about 15 employees helped with the improvements.

“Every kid needs an opportunity to go to school, an opportunity to play, so the kids that go to this school certainly needed a safe environment to play in where they could actually access equipment,” he said.

“The fact we could dig this trampoline into the ground so they could access it out of the wheelchair is something very special.”

Hazell Bros managing director Geoffrey Hazell said the company liked spending time in the community.

“It’s about putting back into the community and supporting the community because we’re all here to get the best out of what we’ve got,” he said.

Caption: From left, Southern Support School principal Simon Ellaby, students Darcy Cordwell and Cruze Horton-Charlton, physical education teacher Lyn Hudson and student leaver Eliza King with Hazell Bros managing director Geoffrey Hazell and finance manager Paul Sheen.