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Minister Announces $250,000 facelift for St Joseph's.



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Paul Neville MP

Federal Member for Hinkler & Nationals Whip M e d i a R e l e a s e

Monday, February 2, 2004

Minister Announces $250,000

Facelift for St Joseph’s 8.45am, St Joseph’s School, Woondooma St, Bundaberg

Federal Education Minister Dr Brendan Nelson and Member for Hinkler Paul Neville will announce $253,395 in Australian Government funding to help with a major upgrade of Bundaberg’s St Joseph’s School at a special school assembly this morning.

The funds will go towards the renovation of four classrooms and extensive on-site grounds work, all of which will create a better learning environment for students, according to Mr Neville.

“The school itself is contributing $5000 towards the cost of the project, and I’m sure students, teachers and parents are looking forward to the facelift, particularly the upgraded classrooms,” he said.

“St Joseph’s has a growing student population, and these improvements will give them a better learning environment and more ‘room to move’

Mr Neville said the project demonstrated the Australian Government’s commitment to providing every student with the best possible learning environment through the provision of these updated facilities.

“Lately we’ve seen some bluster from the Opposition regarding school funding, but I make it clear that the Australian Government funding breakdowns are all about giving parents choices - choices about which school they want their child to attend,” he said.

“We are seeing more and more families choosing to send their kids to Catholic or independent schools, lifting a huge financial burden from the State school system.”

“For the 2001-04 period, the Australian Government will provide around $25 billion in direct funding to schools. That’s a clear demonstration of the Government’s commitment to a strong and effective school system, and maximising the opportunities for young Australians.”