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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

24 May 2006


Students and staff at south west schools will benefit from over $1.9 million in Federal Government funding to upgrade infrastructure under the second round of the Investing In Our Schools Programme, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, announced today.

The south west funds are part of more than $4.2 million allocated to schools across the Wannon electorate.

“The Investing in Our Schools Programme is an exciting new initiative that will deliver much needed projects to school communities in the region,” Mr Hawker said.

“Last year, in the first round of funding, over $1.6 million was distributed to schools in Wannon. This second round deals with larger projects, hence the increase in funding,” he said.

Allansford and District Primary, Brauer Secondary College, Cudgee Primary School, Derrinallum P-12 College, Hampden Specialist School, Koroit and District Primary, Mortlake P-12 College, Noorat Primary, Nullawarre and District Primary, Simpson Primary, Terang College, Timboon P-12, Warrnambool and Warrnambool West Primary Schools, Warrnambool Special Development School, Woodford and Woolsthorpe Primary Schools will all receive funding for vital infrastructure projects under the programme.

Projects include air-conditioning, ICT upgrades and classroom extensions and refurbishments, as well as shade structure, playground, toilet and grounds upgrades.

Warrnambool West Primary School principal Philip Barnes said that they will use their $105,000 to improve disability access at the front of the school.

“This will make a huge difference to the entrance of our school, which many parents in the past have struggled with,” he said.

Woodford and Woolsthorpe Primary Schools each welcomed $150,000 for building upgrades and refurbishments.

“We’re extremely pleased and grateful,” said Woolsthorpe Principal Ray Philips, “this will do a great deal for the school and the learning environment for our students.”

The Warrnambool Special Development School received over $110,000 to update play equipment to cater for students with a wide range of disabilities.

Principal Robert Dowell said that the funding was fantastic news that will benefit each and every one of their students.

Terang College received $150,000 for three projects including ICT room refurbishments, play equipment upgrades and shade structures. Principal Kerrin McKenzie said that the funds will provide a huge boost to the school.

“I commend the Federal Government implementing common sense projects that will benefit all schools,” he said.

Noorat Primary School Principal Ken Plummer said that their $149,660 will not only help out the school but relieve pressure on other community assets such as the local hall which the school has regularly used in the past.

“We will be able to create a dedicated space for our students, providing a fantastic opportunity to improve learning outcomes in the future,” he said.

Hampden Specialist School in Cobden was ecstatic with their $105,000 which will enable long awaited improvements including refurbishment of buildings and outside areas, and Derrinallum P-12 was equally delighted with their allocation of $132,000 to accommodate the school’s state-of-the-art science facilities.

Brauer College will utilise their $150,000 to modernise the library which sits in the centre of the school.

“It will mean that we can make the library once again the showpiece of the College,” Principal Michael Cuisick said.

Allansford and District PS received $37,900 for desperately needed refurbishment of the school’s entrance.

“The entrance is located in the old part of the school, which dates back to 1865, so we will now be able to make this area into a useable space for parents and students alike,” Principal Gavin Arnott said.

Mr Hawker said the Investing In Our Schools initiative is especially significant and well received because it funds projects that have been identified by school communities themselves as being critical to their schools.

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

“This programme builds on the $1.5 billion already allocated by the Federal Government for school capital works over the next four years. These funds will enhance the education and wellbeing of students throughout the electorate, maximising opportunities for young Western Victorians.”

Media contact: Jane Templeton (02) 6277 4006