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Capital grants to Dungog & Salamander Bay schools.



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22nd February 2005

CAPITAL GRANTS TO DUNGOG & SALAMANDER BAY SCHOOLS

Students and staff from St Josephs Primary School in Dungog and St Philips Christian College in Salamander Bay, will benefit from the approval of funding for new building projects, the Federal Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin said.

St Josephs in Dungog will receive $657,465 for the construction of new staff facilities, 5 general learning areas, a P.E. store and pupil amenities. Work will also include the conversion and refurbishment of the administration area, the library and walkways. The total value of the project is $939,236.

St Philips at Salamander Bay will receive $200,000 for the construction of an administration building containing a student sick bay, senior staff rooms, staff facilities and administration space. The total value of the project is $1,012,000.

“These new facilities will help the schools to provide the best possible learning environment for students,” Mr Baldwin said.

The Australian Government’s Capital Grants program for schools is designed to improve the educational outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students.

“These projects involve a significant amount of funding - an indication of the importance the Government places on developing and maintaining school infrastructure,” Mr Baldwin said.

“The Australian Government will provide an estimated $33 billion in direct funding to schools and school students over the period 2005-2008. A key element of this funding package is some $2.5 billion for school capital works over the next four years, including an additional $1 billion committed during last year’s election campaign for the new Capital Infrastructure Program.

“This demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to a strong and effective school system, maximizing the opportunities for young Australians,” Mr Baldwin said.