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Warrnambool West welcomes Federal funding.



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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

21 August 2007

EMBARGOED UNTIL WEDNESDAY 22ND AUGUST 2007

WARRNAMBOOL WEST WELCOMES FEDERAL FUNDING

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today celebrated with Warrnambool West Primary School the construction of shade structures, retaining fences and a new entrance foyer with disability access funded by the Federal Government.

Warrnambool West Primary School received $150,000 under the Investing in Our Schools Programme.

Mr Hawker said the funding has allowed the provision of a safer play environment and the entrance foyer has provided enhanced disability access to the school.

“The Investing in Our Schools Programme has now provided a massive $12 million to schools in Western Victoria to help them fund small scale infrastructure projects identified and prioritised by school communities,” Mr Hawker said.

“By focusing on delivering small-scale projects that have been identified as a priority by school communities, the Australian Government is providing local communities with a voice to determine what they think is important for their schools.

“I congratulate the Warrnambool West Primary School community - teachers, parents, board members and students - on their initiative in applying for this funding. What a great result!”

Mr Hawker said Government school communities are able to apply for funding for such projects as air-conditioning, shade structures, computer equipment and upgrades, musical and sporting equipment.

“Funding under the Programme is in addition to the nearly $1.7 billion provided by the Australian Government to support government school capital works projects undertaken by State and Territory Governments over the 2005-2008 quadrennium,” he said.

“This illustrates the Federal Government’s commitment to a strong and effective school system that produces quality learning outcomes for local students.”

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