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Holy Spirit Infants School receives Investing In Our Schools Programme funding.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEMBER FOR HUNTER

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3 July 2008

HOLY SPIRIT INFANTS SCHOOL RECEIVES INVESTING IN OUR SCHOOLS PROGRAMME FUNDING.

Federal Member for Hunter, Joel Fitzgibbon, today celebrated with Holy Spirit School, Abermain and Kurri Kurri, its Centenary and the completion of major demolition and construction works, the provision of air conditioning and smart boards and the provision of playground equipment.

Holy Spirit Infants School received $880,407 under the Investing in Our Schools Programme. This funding has provided benefits to the 82 students at Holy Spirit Infants School.

Non-government school communities were able to apply for funding for such projects as air-conditioning, shade structures, computer equipment and upgrades, musical and sporting equipment, as well as for large infrastructure projects.

The Rudd Government is committed to school infrastructure funding, providing over $546.6 million during 2008 to the State and Territory Governments and school sectors. This funding will assist schools, particularly through the Capital Grants Program, which helps the most needy schools to construct and upgrade their school facilities.

The Government is also implementing many new initiatives including:

• The Trade Training Centres in Schools program will provide $2.5 billion over 10 years to enable secondary schools across Australia to apply for funding of between $500,000 and $1.5 million for Trade Training Centres.

• The Government will invest $1.2 billion over 2008-2012 in the Digital Education Revolution to improve secondary school student access to ICT and equip them for the jobs of the future.

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• The Local Schools Working Together initiative will provide $62.5 million over four years to construct shared facilities between government and non-government schools to support the construction of approximately 25 shared school facilities between government and non-government schools, such as classrooms, music and performing arts centres, sporting fields, computer and science laboratories, specialist language facilities, libraries and assembly halls.

The Rudd Government will also be assisting Australian families who receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB) Part A to help meet the costs of educating their children by providing a 50 percent Education Tax Rebate (ETR) for eligible education expenses. This will mean:

o The maximum refund for each child attending primary school will be $375 per child, per year; and o The maximum refund for each child attending secondary school will be $750 per child, per year. o Information on how to access the ETR will be available in mid 2008.

The Rudd Government's Education Revolution will make Australia the best educated country with the most skilled best trained workforce in the world. It will revolutionise education investment, standards and outcomes.

Media Contact: Christine Boyd 0488 654 527

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