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Australian Government grants $1.7 million to Raymond Terrace Public School.

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16th January 2006

Australian Government Grants $1.7 million to Raymond Terrace Public School

Students and Staff from Raymond Terrace Public School will benefit from an Australian Government grant of $1.7 million for a new building project the Member for Paterson Bob Baldwin announced today.

Bob Baldwin said that the grant would be used to provide a new hall and associated amenities and conversion of heritage hall to library at Raymond Terrace Public School.

“The new facilities will help the school to provide the best possible learning environment for students in the area”, Bob Baldwin said.

In 2005 / 2006, $249 million will be allocated nationally to capital projects in state schools with almost $83 million going to New South Wales.

The Australian Government’s Capital Grants Program for Schools is designed to improve the educational outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students.

“This project involves a significant amount of funding which is an indication of the importance the Government places on developing and maintaining school infrastructure” Bob Baldwin said.

“The Australian Government will provide an estimated $33 billion in direct funding for schools and school students over the period 2005 - 2008. A key element of this funding package is some $2.5 billion for school capital works and infrastructure projects over the next four years, including an additional $1 billion committed during the 2004 election campaign.”

This demonstrates the Government’s continued commitment to a strong and effective school system, maximizing the opportunities for young Australians”, Bob Baldwin said.