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$32 million for 22 local primary schools to support local jobs.

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27 August 2009


Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon today announced that 22 primary schools in the electorate of Hunter will share $32 million for major new infrastructure projects under the third and final round of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21). 

Mr Fitzgibbon said that the Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs.

“This investment in our local primary schools is long overdue and will go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession.”

“Teachers and students in our local schools should be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

“It’s been great to see local principals, school communities and the building industry working together with the State and Federal governments to deliver these important projects.”

P21 Round Three projects will start as soon as possible to provide immediate support for jobs. The $14.1 billion will deliver much needed funding for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms.

Under the Building the Education Revolution program:

• The National School Pride program has delivered $9,625,000 for minor refurbishment, maintenance and infrastructure projects in 79 primary and secondary schools in Hunter.

• P21 has delivered $110,509,000 for the construction of state-of-the-art libraries, multipurpose halls, assembly halls, new classrooms and resource centres in Hunter.

• Science and Language Centres for 21st Century Secondary Schools has delivered $3,502,043 for new or refurbished science laboratories and language centres in schools in Hunter

Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long term.

By combining the development of a new truly national curriculum, greater transparency, a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy and record investment in school infrastructure and quality teachers, the Rudd Government is delivering an Education Revolution to all our schools.

Round three successful Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21). 

Bellbird Public School $2,100,000.00

Black Hill Public School $879,000.00

Dunmore Lang Christian School $250,000.00

Jerrys Plains Public School $100,000.00

Jerrys Plains Public School $150,000.00

King Street Public School $1,400,000.00

King Street Public School $1,620,000.00

Kirkton Public School $879,000.00

Kitchener Public School $879,000.00

Kurri Kurri Public School $1,200,000.00

Kurri Kurri Public School $2,200,000.00

Maitland East Public School $3,029,000.00

Martindale Public School $301,000.00

Merriwa Central School $1,200,000.00

Millfield Public School $870,000.00

Mulbring Public School $879,000.00

Murrurundi Public School $870,000.00

Muswellbrook Public School $3,029,000.00

Sandy Hollow Public School $870,000.00

Scone Public School $200,000.00

Scone Public School $2,829,000.00

St Brigid’s Primary School $800,000.00

St Brigid’s Primary School $1,000,000.00

St Catherine’s Catholic College $2,540,000.00

St Catherine’s Catholic College $1,060,000.00

St James Primary School $1,700,000.00

St James Primary School $600,000.00

St Mary’s Infants $550,000.00

St Mary’s Infants $1,250,000.00

St Philip’s Christian College- Cessnock Campus $2,000,000.00

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: or at:

Media contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527