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Australian Government investing in New England schools.



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MEDIA RELEASE Senator the Hon Sandy Macdonald Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Deputy Leader of The Nationals in the Senate

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT INVESTING IN NEW ENGLAND SCHOOLS

NSW Nationals Senator Sandy Macdonald has congratulated 39 schools in the New England electorate for their successful applications through the Australian Government's Investing In Our Schools Program.

"This is just one of the wonderful programs the Australian Government has established which directly assists local communities," Senator Macdonald said.

"Thirty-nine schools across New England have received more than $1.9 million in funding between them, which will be used to undertake priority projects at the schools," he said.

"Some of these projects are desperately needed and may not have been able to be started without this assistance."

"It is a shame that the NSW Labor Government haven't been able to adequately provide state schools with the resources they require. I am pleased the Australian Government has programs such as Investing in our Schools which help to make school life more pleasant for teachers, students and parents."

Since 2005, Investing in Our Schools has provided, and will continue to provide, and additional $700 million in capital funding to state schools. It is a policy initiative of the 2004 election.

State schools are eligible to apply for grants of up to $150,000 for small scale infrastructure projects.

Senator Macdonald said funding can be used for many different types of projects.

"Some schools will be installing air-conditioning, some schools will purchase computer equipment and others will undertake renovations to classrooms," he said.

Information on the Investing In Our Schools program can be found on the internet at www.investinginourschools.dest.gov.au .

A list of successful applicants in New England is attached.

Ends…29 November 2006

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Media Contact: Rachel Kingsford Smith 0408 019 537 Website: www.sandymacdonald.com.au

Armidale City Public School, Armidale Construction: Soft Fall Play Area $1,197

Purchase: Furniture $10,100

Purchase: Furniture $21,439

Purchase: Landscaping Services $3,839

Bald Blair Public School, Guyra Construction: Amenities; Toilet block $8,057

Construction: Enclosures $6,145

Construction: Sports Fields $81,240

Purchase: Furniture $3,174

Purchase: Musical Instruments $6,062

Purchase: Small Sheds $8,900

Ben Venue Public School, Armidale Construction: School Grounds Improvements $25,735

Bendemeer Public School, Bendemeer Construction: Fencing $24,500

Purchase: ICT and Computer Equipment $14,163

Bonshaw Public School, Bonshaw Construction: Amenities; Toilet block $10,184

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $9,935

Purchase: Library resources $5,053

Purchase: Library resources $850

Purchase: Library resources $1,744

Purchase: Machinery and related equipment $1,577

Purchase: Musical instruments $3,600

Purchase: Sporting Equipment $1,079

Purchase: Sporting Equipment $1,195

Bullimbal School, Tamworth

Construction: Air Conditioning; Reverse Cycle $3,750

Construction: School grounds improvement $4,055

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $24,586

Delungra Public School, Delungra Construction: Soft-Fall play areas $13,840

Purchase: Playground equipment $30,650

Drummond Memorial Public School, Armidale Construiction: Soft-fall play area $21,536

Duri Public School, Duri Construction: Sheds and storage facilities $8,723

Construction: Walkways $8,123

Gilgai Public School, Gilgai Construction: Outdoor Learning area $113,041

Glen Innes High School, Glen Innes Construction: Floor coverings $12,655

Construction: Sheds and storage facilities $16,774

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $1,676

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $12,668

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $5,630

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Glen Innes West Infants School, Glen Innes

Construction: Music and Drama facilities $23,715

Construction: School ground improvements $14,274

Purchase: Small sheds $6,303

Purchase: Whitegoods $3,450

Gum Flat Public School, Inverell Construction: Amenities; School administration areas $91,660

Guyra Central School, Guyra Purchase: Administration office equipment $12,928

Purchase: Drama/ Performing Arts equipment $730

Purchase: Home Economics / Hospitality Room equipment $6,103 Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $17,953

Purchase: Library resources $8,225

Purchase: Machinery and tools $6,628

Purchase: Musical instruments $5,674

Purchase: Science Laboratory Equipment $4,255

Inverell Public School, Inverell Purchase: Furniture $23,703

Purchase: Library resources $12,334

Purchase: Playground equipment $27,320

Jennings Public School, Jennings via Wallangarra Construction: Soft-fall play area $19,821

Kellys Plains Public School, Armidale Construction: Play equipment $27,967

Purchase: Library resources $8,441

Kentucky Public School, Kentucky Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $10,432

Purchase: Library resources $6,200

Kootingal Public School, Kootingal Construction: General classrooms $11,308

Construction, Library $76,943

Limbri Public School, Limbri Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $5,598

Mingoola Public School, Mingoola

Construction: Canteen $8,490

Purchase: Landscaping equipment $3,624

Moonbi Public School, Moonbi Construction: Shade structures $6,138

Purchase: Small sheds $17,666

Nemingha Public School, Nemingha Construction: Play equipment $29,114

Construction: Sheds and storage facilities $6,926

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $48,212

Niangala Public School, Niangala

Purchase: Furniture $2,073

Nundle Public School, Nundle Construction: Canteen $28,619

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Parry School, Tamworth Construction: Amenities Toilet Block $11,486

Construction: Fencing $3,700

Construction: Outdoor Learning area $22,300

Construction: Shade structure $10,540

Purchase: Home Economics / Hospitality Room Equipment $887 Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $12,282

Red Range Public School, Red Range Construction: Sheds and storage facilities $16,725

Construction: Walkways $32,293

Rocky River Public School, Uralla Construction: General Classrooms $968

Ross Hill Public School, Inverell Construction: ICT facilities $148,860

Somerton Public School, Somerton Construction: Play Equipment $43,071

Purchase: Library resources $13,324

Tamworth High School, Tamworth Purchase: Drama / Performing Arts Equipment $40,380

Tamworth South Public School, Tamworth Construction: Air Conditioning $35,319

Construction: Fencing $88,515

Sir Henry Parkes Memorial Public School, Tenterfield Construction: Sports Fields $11,955

Timbumburi Public School, Timbumburi Purchase: Planning and Consultation Services $5,000

Uralla Central School, Uralla

Construction: Air Conditioning $1,539

Construction: Sheds and storage $27,147

Construction: Sports fields $42,944

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $44,339

Walcha Central School, Walcha Construction: Amenities: Toilet Block $1,968

Construction: Shade structures $33,550

Construction: Shade structures $11,912

Purchase: Classroom furniture $2,469

Purchase: Drama / Performing Arts equipment $1,891

Purchase: Home Economics / Hospitality room equipment $2,857 Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $2,293

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $4,529

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $14,885

Purchase: ICT and computer equipment $5,516

Purchase: Library resources $17,550

Purchase: Machinery and related equipment $4,291

Purchase: Machinery and tools $960

Purchase: Science laboratory equipment $14,135

Purchase: Sporting Equipment $6,039

Woolbrook Public School, Woolbrook Construction: Small scale extensions $5,681

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Woolomin Public School, Woolomin Construction: Shade structures $25,728

Purchase: Small sheds $55,140

Yetman Public School, Yetman Purchase: Furniture $12,610

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TOTAL FOR NEW ENGLAND: $1,945,280