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Investing in our schools.



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John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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

Tuesday, 28 September 2004

INVESTING IN OUR SCHOOLS

A re-elected Coalition Government will work directly with parents and schools to restore and build new facilities for schools in the Mallee electorate of North West Victoria advised John Forrest, the Nationals Federal Member for Mallee today.

“School communities are best placed to determine their own priority projects, whether it be more computers, better libraries, so the Government will ask parents and principals how they want to enhance and improve the education amenity of their schools,” Mr Forrest said.

“We will spend an additional $1 billion over four years and together with the $1.5 billion that is already committed in the Federal Budget, this is a major investment in our children’s educations. An additional $700 million will be invested in high priority capital projects for state schools.”

“Schools in North West Victoria can seek funding for practical improvements such as better classrooms, library resources, computer facilities, air conditioning and heating, outdoor shade structures, sporting infrastructure, play equipment and floor coverings.”

“I am particularly pleased that this funding will be provided directly to schools, similar to the process established Roads to Recovery Programme, and not caught up in the priorities of state education bureaucrats.”

Parent groups in conjunction with their principals will be asked to apply for funding.

“We are also investing an additional $300 million in less well off Catholic and Independent schools,” Mr Forrest said. “Again, the school communities themselves will determine their priorities.”

“Unlike Labor, the Coalition does not believe in a divisive school funding policy that provides funding for some students by cutting funds from others. No school will have their funding cut under the Coalition.”

Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-