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Extra $330,000 to South West schools.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

30 August 2007

EXTRA $330,000 TO SOUTH WEST SCHOOLS

Thanks to a major contribution of $331,000 from the Coalition Government’s Investing in Our Schools Programme, staff and students at South West schools will enjoy new information technology, classroom and playground upgrades, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker said Grassmere Primary School, Merrivale Primary, Port Fairy Consolidated School, Warrnambool College and Warrnambool Primary School will share in the funding for projects that have been identified by the school communities as being critical to their school.

“Such projects, though often desperately needed by schools, never seem to make it on to State priority lists. Rather, school communities usually face the long and arduous task of raising the necessary funding themselves,” he said.

Grassmere Primary received more than $84,095 for new ICT and computer equipment, air conditioning, play equipment and playground improvements.

Principal Ross Sloane said that the whole community had been involved in the application and the new facilities will also be available for community use.

Merrivale Primary School principal Alan Richardson described their funding of $51,300 as “fantastic”.

“The funding will be used to create an outdoor learning area that will enable us to take the students beyond the four walls of a classroom, allowing for more engaged learning,” Mr Richardson said.

Port Fairy Consolidated School received $47,396 for play equipment, which principal Lindy Sharp said will contribute positively to a complete overhaul of the school’s external areas, while Warrnambool Primary welcomed $49,608 for classroom furniture and computer equipment.

“This funding will allow us to fast-track our smart board programme, which the school is chipping in for also,” said Warrnambool Primary principal Peter Auchettl.

Meanwhile, Warrnambool College received the announcement of $99,430 for additional computer equipment with relief.

“We’ll be purchasing Apple computers with this funding which will be a vital part of the direction we’re taking with our Arts facility,” said principal Mary Prendergast. “Most multimedia and design courses are now using Apple computers and this funding will enable us to intersect our Arts programme with university graphic arts and design courses and with industry training,” she said.

Mr Hawker said the Australian Government recognises the importance of providing schools with facilities that will enhance the education and wellbeing of students.

“This programme is an exciting initiative which has delivered much needed projects to local school communities,” he said.

“Since 2005 the programme has provided $10.4 million for almost 300 projects in 85 public schools across Western Victoria.

“The initiative is an example of the importance the Federal Government places on developing and maintaining school infrastructure, maximising the opportunities for young Western Victorians,” Mr Hawker said.

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