Students to hit the books in new library and resource centre

The Nationals’ Federal Member for Riverina and Minister for Small Business Michael McCormack today officially opened the Marcellin Library and Resource Centre at Red Bend Catholic College in Forbes. 

Students and staff at Red Bend Catholic College now have full use of the new Library and Resource Centre which benefited from the Coalition Government providing $554,798 in funding from the Capital Grants Program. 

Mr McCormack attended the opening of Marcellin Library and Resource Centre on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and joined the Bishop of Wilcannia-Forbes Diocese, Bishop Columba Macbeth-Green, College Principal Br Michael Flanagan and other officials from the Catholic Education Office, the Marist Brothers of Australia at the special event. 

“It was great to visit Red Bend Catholic College and see the new facilities firsthand and learn from both students and staff about the significant value these facilities will have for their education,” Mr McCormack said. 

“I’m so pleased the Coalition Government has been able to make this important investment here in Forbes for the benefit of the students of the Central West. 

“It’s not only the students, but the whole school community who will benefit from using these new facilities. 

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.” 

The Coalition Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.9 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all States and Territories.

Nationally this represents funding growth from a record $16.1 billion this year to $20.2 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need. 

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.


Dom Hopkinson