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$2m for Local Schools Working Together project.



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ROGER PRICE MP Chief Government Whip Federal Member for Chifley 2nd February, 2009

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$2m for Local Schools Working Together project

Federal Member for Chifley, Roger Price has congratulated three local schools in Chifley for their success under the Rudd Government’s Local Schools Working Together (LSWT) pilot Program to construct a Performance and Multi-function centre.

“It is great to see Plumpton High School, the Australian Islamic College of Sydney and Good Shepherd Primary School working together on a project aimed at developing shared educational facilities that will provide their students with state of the art facilities” Mr. Price said.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard MP, today announced that 15 successful projects will receive a total of $31.7 million. The program will provide $62.5 million over two funding rounds towards the development of approximately 25 shared educational facilities.

The aim of the program is to encourage government, Catholic and independent schools to work together to develop shared educational facilities that will broaden the benefit of government expenditure on capital infrastructure.

The project will receive $2,272,727 in funding, the highest project funded under the program. The Centre will include tiered seating for up to 430 people, technologically advanced projection, light and sound facilities including video links to external venues, rehearsal rooms for music tuition and practise, and appropriate service facilities (kitchen, toilets, dressing areas, storage for costumes/props). The Centre

will provide local schools with a modern facility for large-scale school events and will also serve as a venue for local organisations to conduct similar activities.

Once the selected Round One projects have reached the final development stage, all funding agreements will be signed and first payments made.

“I congratulate Plumpton High, the Australian Islamic College and Good Shepherd Primary on receiving funding for the Performing Arts Centre and hope that students are able to take advantage of this” Mr. Price concluded.

Round Two of the LSWT pilot opens on 1 April 2009 and closes at midnight on 22 May 2009.

For further information on the programme or to apply for Round Two funding, visit www.localschoolsworkingtogether.deewr.gov.au.

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