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P21 delivers $129 million to 88 Tasmanian schools to support jobs.



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The Hon Julia Gillard MP

Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Minister for Social Inclusion Deputy Prime Minister

12 June, 2009

Media release

P21 delivers $129 million to 88 Tasmanian schools to support jobs

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced at Holy Rosary School that 88 primary schools in Tasmania will receive $129 million for building major infrastructure projects under Round Two of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).

The Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.

P21 is one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution. The $12.4 billion P21 program will deliver much needed funding to every primary school for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms.

In Tasmania, under P21 over $91 million (70 per cent) will go to Government schools, over $22 million (18 per cent) to Catholic schools and $15 million (12 per cent) to Independent schools.

This comes on top of almost $100 million for 58 projects in 51 Tasmanian primary schools announced in Round One of P21.

The Rudd Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.

Round Two will deliver funding for approximately 40 per cent of all eligible schools and projects will begin as soon as possible.

Tasmanian schools yet to apply for funding under P21 are encouraged to contact their education authority and submit proposals for Round Three before 10 July 2009.

The $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution complements the existing and planned investments by the States and Territories and non-government systems and schools.

Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $35 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 268 primary and secondary schools across Tasmania are already underway.

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

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