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$2M to relocate Hove Disabilities School to Ascot Park.



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MEDIA RELEASE

21 October 2003

$2M TO RELOCATE HOVE DISABILITIES SCHOOL TO ASCOT PARK

I am pleased to announce the Federal Government has approved $2 million for the Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment Unit to relocate to a new purpose-built facility at Ascot Park.

Kilparrin caters for hearing and sight impaired children who also have additional disabilities such as intellectual, autism or communication disorders. It is currently located at Townsend House at Hove.

Plans are now being finalised for a new facility to be built at the Ascot Park Primary School. The new centre will cater for the students that attend Kilparrin and provide a base for Kilparrin’s visiting teacher service for students with disabilities across the State.

The project will help to provide much a much-improved learning environment for students who rely on this important service.

The cost of the project to incorporate Kilparrin at the school has been put at $2.5 million, of which the Commonwealth will provide $2 million. Work on the project is due to commence in February 2004, enabling students and staff from the Kilparrin Teaching and Assessment Unit to relocate around September/ October 2004.

The relocation will form part of a wider redevelopment at the Ascot Park Primary School which will also include the relocation of students from Townsend School. Works are set to include the upgrade and consolidation of school administration and classroom accommodation, and are due for completion in June 2006. The Commonwealth Government is currently examining a proposal to provide further funding support for the overall project.

In 2003 around $232 million has been allocated to capital projects in government schools across Australia.

Media contact: John Deller on 8374 0511 or 0439 802 767

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