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Music and drama facility opens at Townsville College



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MUSIC AND DRAMA FACILITY OPENS AT TOWNSVILLE COLLEGE Friday, 15 September 2006

Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay, attended the official opening of the Shalom Music, Drama and Catering Building worth $876,547 at Shalom Christian College, Condon, today. “These outstanding facilities will help ensure all students at Shalom Christian College are encouraged to realise their potential and attain their goals,” Peter Lindsay said today. Mr Lindsay congratulated the school and its community on establishing the best possible facilities for their students. The project was funded by the Federal Government under the Capital Grants Programme ($159,800), the State Government ($159,800) and the local community ($556,947). Mr Lindsay said the project demonstrated the Australian Government’s commitment to providing every student with the best possible learning environment through the provision of these new/updated facilities. “The Federal Government is committed to ensuring every student receives a quality school education,” Mr Lindsay said. “In the 2006-07 budget the Federal Government has allocated an estimated $9.3 billion for Australian schools and students, an increase of almost $760 million or 8.9% over the previous financial year. This funding includes an estimated $897.1 million for capital works and infrastructure projects in Australian schools.” Specific funding is also being provided for literacy and numeracy, drug education and for a quality teacher programme to assist teachers to update their skills. Funding for Indigenous students is continued. “These initiatives recognise community demand for improved literacy standards, safe and drug-free schools and a greater focus on the quality of teaching,” Mr Lindsay said.