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Luke announces $75,000 grant to improve disabled access at Coffs Harbour's Casuarina Steiner School



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Luke Hartsuyker MP Assistant Minister for Employment Federal Member for Cowper

MEDIA RELEASE

3 November 2014

Luke announces $75,000 grant to improve disabled access at Coffs Harbour’s Casuarina Steiner School

Students with a disability at Coffs Harbour’s Casuarina Steiner School will soon have improved access to learning areas after the school was awarded a Federal Government grant.

Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker today announced a $75,000 Federal grant for the school to upgrade the school’s infrastructure.

Mr Hartsuyker said the grant was awarded as part of the Capital Grants Programme to improve the overall learning experience for students with a disability. The school community is contributing $11,832 towards the project and the total project cost is $86,832.

“The grant will be used to construct a concrete path to the Kindergarten playground and to purchase and install a mobility lift to provide access from Grade 1-3 classrooms to all other teaching and learning spaces. The project also includes the remediation of an existing path to provide safe access to the school hall,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The Australian Government is dedicated to ensuring all Australian students have the infrastructure necessary to help them get the most out of their classroom learning," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. A quality education gives young people the opportunity to achieve personal success and contribute to our nation.

"The staff and supporting community at Casuarina have clearly shown they are committed to enhancing the academic opportunities for their students."

“The Capital Grants Programme provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient resources.

"The Australian Government's Students First approach helps to build a world-class education system that equips all students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world," Mr Hartsuyker said.

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