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Thursday, 27 April 2006 Printer Friendly Version

The new outdoor resource and cultural courtyard at Lindum State School was officially opened today by Federal Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta.

The $48,150 courtyard was funded by the Federal Government’s Investing in Our Schools Programme and involved the development of a shaded and fenced cultural area outside the library.

“The courtyard has already invigorated the library,” said Mr Vasta, “it’s a special place for the students to come and play or read in the outdoors where it’s cool and quiet.

“The transformation of the area has been quite amazing. Where a grassy hill once was, is now a beautiful multi-purpose courtyard that will be used for anything from arts and crafts to cultural and musical performances.

“This is exactly what the Investing in Our Schools Programme is all about, assisting students to achieve their educational outcomes by providing attractive and engaging learning areas,” said Mr Vasta.

Lindum State School P&C President, Mr Robert Zubrinich, said the courtyard was a dream achieved and another successful development for the small school.

"Principal Ray Kiely and P&C President Robert Zubrinich should be extremely proud of what they have worked to achieve for the school and I congratulate them on the special courtyard space they have created for the students," said Mr Vasta.

The $1 billion Investing in Our Schools Programme was announced by the Prime Minister during the 2004 federal election campaign and is aimed at funding smaller projects that improve the learning environment and encourage better learning.

The Programme provides an additional $700 million for state schools to fund capital projects identified and prioritised by school communities. A further $300 million is provided for non-government schools.

Schools are eligible to receive up to $150,000 in funding over the life of the Programme.

“Over 8,300 applications from across Australia were submitted during the first round of the programme in 2005 and Lindum State School was one of the first local school communities to be granted funding for their courtyard project,” said Mr Vasta.

“More funding is available and I plan on working with local schools again to encourage the development of a project and support their applications for the next round of funding,” he said. (1 of 2)28/04/2006 2:35:30 PM