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Budget decisions on education in the Northern Territory

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Ministerial No. 27 ■ 15 August 1978


Recurrent expenditure on government schools in the Northern ·

Territory will increase by $4.7 million in 1978-79, the '

Minister for Education, Senator'Garrick, announced today.

Senator Garrick said the major component of the increase

related to salaries and cost rises for goods and services.

Nevertheless, provision had been for the opening of new .

schools and the continuation of special programs such as ,the

bilingual program in Aboriginal, communities

Funds for repairs and maintenance v/ill increase by $1.68 million

a 104% increase .'on the previous year's expenditure.

Work preparation programs for unemployed youth in "the ·

Territory would begin with an allocation of $60,000.

The courses would be conducted by the Darwin Community College

on behalf of the Department of Education.

The" capital works program for NT government schools would total

$12.04 million this financial year.

Major projects included in the program are:

Nhulunbuy High School

Curriculum and Media Centre " .

Darwin Special School

Art and Craft facilities for Darwin High School■

Upgrading programs for Milingimbi, Umbakumba, '

Yuendumu ,and Ludmilla

Transportable schools for Willowra and Maryvale.

The Government's program of providing assistance for mission

schools in the N.T. was being continued with an allocation of ■

$2.06 million.

Of this, $315,000 had been allocated for capital assistance

which would be provided for'repairs and maintenance to existing

buildings, the completion of projects under construction arid

the commencement of new projects. .

The remainder of the funds had been provided to support the

employment of teachers, Aboriginal teaching officers, technical

officers, technical instructors and adult educators.

Recurrent subsidies for non-government schools would increase

by $176,000, and $120,000 had been p3?cvided for new capital

projects recommended by the Schools Commission. '

Another $280,000 v/as available for existing commitments under .

projects recommended by the Schools Commission, and $615,000

would be provided for the completion of- projects under the

Capital Aid Scheme. '

Senator Garrick said funds had been provided for the introduction

of an interest subsidy scheme in the N.T. in the current

financial year. .

Darwin Community College will receive a total of $6.66 million

in recurrent funds, an increase of $594,000 over the figure

for the previous financial year to enable additional staff

to be recruited to cover later stages of existing courses and

for some new activities.

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The College rs approved capital works program in the current ■

financial year is $2,325 million which will require a cash

allocation of $795,000.

Senator Garrick said work would begin on the restoration and

extension of the Academic Block of the College and preliminary

planning would begin on the proposed General Studies/Business

and Management Building and Learning Resources Centre.