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Federal Government grants $200,000 to Bega Christian College.

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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 610 Published: 8/3/2002 Title: Federal Government Grants $200,000 to Bega Christian College

Students and staff at Bega Valley Christian College will benefit from a Commonwealth Government grant of $200,000 for a new building project, the Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, announced today.

Mr Nairn said that the grant would be used for construction of six general learning areas (including a demountable at the Pambula campus) and computer and business study room. There will also be extensions to special education facilities and the library.

"The new facilities will help the school to provide the best possible learning environment for students in the area," Mr Nairn said.

“The new buildings and amenities are projected to total $860,000, with the remaining $660,000 provided from the school community.

“In 2002 the Commonwealth Government will spend more than $6 billion on funding for government and non•government schools.

“In 2002 around $89.3 million will be allocated to capital projects in non-government schools.

"The Commonwealth Capital Grants Programme for Schools is designed to improve the educational outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students.

"This project involves a significant amount of funding • an indication of the importance the Government places on developing and maintaining school infrastructure.

"Over the period 2001•2004 the Commonwealth Government will provide around $25.2 billion in direct funding to schools. This demonstrates the Government’s commitment to a strong and

effective school system, maximising the opportunities for young Australians,” Mr Nairn said.