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Senator Ryan announces $800,000 grant for new school at Merrimac, Queensland



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M 85/84 EMBARGO: 12 August 1984

SENATOR RYAN ANNOUNCES $800,000 GRANT FOR NEW SCHOOL AT MERRIMAC, QUEENSLAND

The federal Minister for Education and Youth Affairs, Senator •Susan Ryan, today announced a grant of $798,900 to help build the new St. Michael's College at Merrimac, near the Gold Coast.

Senator Ryan said: 1 The school community will be putting up an additional $250,000 towards the project. The project has the solid professionalism of the Catholic Education Office behind it, so I am convinced that it is viable.

1 This will be a low-fee, accessible school in a growth area where the demand for more Catholic secondary places is well established . 1

Senator Ryan said the grant, paid through the Commonwealth Schools Commission, would help to construct Stage One of St. Michael's College. Stage One entails six general classrooms, two storerooms, a commercial room, a science lab, a home

science room, and temporary rooms for technical drawing, woodwork, metalwork, a library, and administration, as well as toilets and other amenities.

The grant will be paid in two instalments: $369,900 this year; and $429,000 in 1985. The school has indicated that it intends to charge fees of $450 per student per annum, with a family rate of $720. The plan calls for the enrolment of more than a hundred students in 1985.

In addition to the Commonwealth capital grant to help build the school, Queensland Catholic Education authorities will receive recurrent grants through the Schools Commission to help meet the teachers' salaries and other running costs of the school when it opens. In 1984 these grants are being paid at the rate

of $1177 per student.

For more information, ring Bruce Hanford on [062] 89-7477