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Round two of National School Pride program delivers funding to 12 local schools.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR HUNTER

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21 May 2009

ROUND TWO OF NATIONAL SCHOOL PRIDE PROGRAM DELIVERS FUNDING TO 12 LOCAL SCHOOLS

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, today announced that 12 local schools in the Hunter electorate will receive almost $1.3 million for minor infrastructure and refurbishment projects under Round Two of the National School Pride (NSP) program.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the NSP program is one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) and will deliver much needed funding for school infrastructure projects and, importantly, support local jobs.

The following schools have been successful in Round Two;

Belltrees Public School - $50,000 Ellerston Public School - $50,000 Laguna Public School - $50,000 Martindale Public School - $50,000 Millfield Public School - $75,000 Scone Grammar School - $200,000 Scone Public School - $200,000 St Brigid’s Primary School - $75,000 St Catherine’s Catholic College - $200,000 St John the Baptist Primary School $125,000 St Mary’s Infants School - $75,000 St Phillip’s Christian College - Cessnock Campus - $125,000.

“Seeing our local schools and our local community benefit from the Government’s $14.7 billion investment in vital school infrastructure and local jobs is just wonderful.”

The $1.3 billion National School Pride program will deliver much needed funding for school infrastructure projects and support local jobs.

“Together with Round One, the National School Pride program will deliver just over $9.6 million to 77 primary and secondary schools in Hunter for 94 projects to help stimulate jobs in our local community.”

“Construction and refurbishment work will commence as soon as possible, with many of the National School Pride projects planned to begin shortly”.

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“The next few months will be exciting as the investment in our schools will flow down through to local businesses and others in the construction industry.”

“Today’s NSP announcement is another key milestone reached in delivering the Building the Education Revolution, a key element of the Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan,” he said.

Round Two is the final round of the NSP program and sees funding delivered to all eligible schools across the country.

BER continues with two elements still open for applications - Primary Schools for the 21st Century Round Two and Three and Science and Language Centres for the 21st Century.

A list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

Media contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527

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