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M e d i a R e l e a s e

THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari

30th October 2008

BUILDING ON THE DESERT PEOPLES CENTRE

Learning will be taken outdoors at the new Desert Peoples Centre at Alice Springs.

The Member for Lingiari, the Hon. Warren Snowdon MP, today announced funding of $235,000 to establish Outdoor Learning Spaces at the Desert Peoples Centre.

Funding provided through the Australian Government’s National Training Infrastructure Program will be used to construct four outdoor training spaces to be used for vocational education and training, discussions, oral and artistic presentations and informal interactions.

The spaces will also double as a shade area for informal seating.

“The Desert Peoples Centre will offer state-of-the-art facilities for the education of Indigenous people, and I welcome the addition of flexible, useful learning spaces that will support students from remote communities,” said Mr Snowdon.

“The Centre will focus on developing the people that ultimately create sustainable remote communities; from teachers to health workers, from people skilled in remote governance to those trained in developing industry.

“The Australian Government is committed to encouraging Indigenous enterprise and employment opportunities so that everyone can benefit from the nation’s prosperity,” Mr Snowdon said.

“Investing in the infrastructure for training is a vital part of this commitment.”

The Australian Government provides more than $180 million annually to states and territories for vocational and technical education infrastructure.

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