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Australian Government continues support for Investing in Our Schools Programme.



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Friday, 31 August 2007

AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT CONTINUES SUPPORT FOR Investing in Our Schools Programme

Federal Member for Mallee, John Forrest, has welcomed the announcement that the Australian Government’s Investing in Our Schools Programme (IOSP) will continue.

Mr Forrest said that following the overwhelming positive response to the Howard Government’s $1.2 billion programme the Minister for Education, Science and Training the Hon Julie Bishop MP today announced that the programme will be extended.

“The fourth and final round of the current funding was announced this week, with $140 million approved to State Government schools, which builds on the $656 million that has already been approved under the programme.

“In this round 27 Mallee schools were awarded a total of $1,151,306 million, bringing funding to an overall total of $11,532,464 million over the four rounds. This is a tremendous achievement by the school communities,” Mr Forrest said.

“Through this highly successful initiative, announced during the 2004 election campaign, schools across Australia have received funding for small infrastructure projects such as shade cloth, air conditioning, new computer equipment, books, musical instruments and playground equipment.”

Mr Forrest said the success of this programme comes from the fact that school communities are able to identify their priorities and to apply directly for Federal Government funding.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

Phone (03) 5032 4510 Fax (03) 5032 9407