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$650,000 for sacred heart school: Mildura

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Media Contact Sally Turvey (03) 5032 4510 -ends-

Wednesday, 29 November 2006


Students and staff at the Sacred Heart School in Mildura will benefit from an Australian Government grant of $650,000 under the Investing in Our Schools Programme, John Forrest, The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee announced today from Canberra.

Mr Forrest said the grant would be used for the construction of four general learning areas for the school.

“The Investing in Our Schools Programme is an exciting new initiative which delivers much needed funds to less well-off schools in North West Victoria,” said Mr Forrest.

Mr Greg Lane, Principal of Sacred Heart School welcomed the funds and said that the students and teachers were looking forward to moving from their current portable classrooms to the new learning areas. “The funding will also enable the school to establish an adventure playground,” said Mr Lane.

Mr Forrest congratulated the school and its community on their commitment in establishing the best possible facilities for their students.

“The Australian Government recognises the importance of providing schools with facilities that will enhance the education and wellbeing of students,” said Mr Forrest.

The Investing in Our Schools Programme builds on the $1.5 billion already allocated by the Australian Government for school capital works over the four years 2005-2008.

During 2005-2008, the Programme will provide an additional $300 million in capital funding to Catholic and Independent schools, as promised during the 2004 Federal election campaign.

“This project involves a significant amount of funding which demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to a strong and effective school system, maximising the opportunities for young Australians,” said Mr Forrest.

John Forrest MP The Nationals Member for Mallee

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