McCormack welcomes big boost for schools

  • $1.853 million for four Riverina schools
  • New facilities to boost learning
  • Projects set to start in 2018 

SCHOOLS in Wagga Wagga, Cootamundra and Temora are to receive grants totalling nearly $2 million to help build vital learning facilities and staff amenities, The Nationals’ Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business, Michael McCormack, has announced.

The grants to four non-government schools are being made available under the Federal Government’s Capital Grants Program.

St Anne’s Central School at Temora will receive $624,454 towards the cost of refurbishing general learning areas in Block A. The total cost of the project is $892,077.

Sacred Heart Primary School in Wagga Wagga will receive $478,899 towards the cost of demolishing administration and staff facilities and construction of new facilities. The total cost of the project is $684,141.

Wagga Wagga Christian College will receive $450,000 to help build four primary general learning areas, a staff room and staff amenities. The total cost of the project is $960,200.

The Elouera Special School at Cootamundra will receive $300,000 to help build a new multipurpose hall and repurpose an existing building to provide an additional learning area. The total cost of the project is $415,350.

“Education is a building block for life and the Liberals and Nationals’ Government is investing in Aussie kids to provide the best education possible by helping their schools get the facilities they deserve,” Mr McCormack said.

“We are delivering lasting infrastructure for our young people to reach their potential.”

The four grants total $1,853,353 and the total cost of the works is $2,951,768, meaning the Government is meeting nearly two-thirds of the overall cost of the projects.

The Capital Grants Program helps non-government schools improve their facilities where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, said the Capital Grants Program provided vital funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities, such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

He said the Federal Government was overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student, or $25.3 billion across the whole system, so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.

Mr McCormack said the capital works projects in Wagga Wagga, Temora and Cootamundra were due to start in 2018.

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Sam Edwards