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Boarding boost for indigenous students.

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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 24th June 2008 BOARDING BOOST FOR INDIGENOUS STUDENTS Life at boarding school will be better for students in Alice Springs following a grant for Yirara and St Philips’ Colleges through the Australian Government’s Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program. “Indigenous students at both schools will greatly benefit from these funds to upgrade the aging boarding facilities,” said Mr Snowdon. “Yirara College will receive $783,200 to repair and re-surface existing internal service roadways, upgrade boarding security, install heating, add a staff workroom to the male boarding office and refurbish existing staff accommodation. “And I am pleased to announce that St Phillip’s College will receive $55,000 to replace the air conditioners in the girls’ boarding facilities,” said Mr Snowdon. Yirara College is a co-educational school with 200 boarders and 65 day students - all of whom are Indigenous. The College provides vocational and educational development programs to Indigenous youth. All the students who attend the College come from the surrounding remote communities. St Phillip’s College is a co-educational school catering for students from Year 7 to Year 12, with 75 boarders from remote communities in the Northern Territory, Western Australia and South Australia. “Both schools have made a very positive contribution to the educational welfare of Indigenous students. “The importance of education in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous livelihoods can not be overstated,” said Mr Snowdon. “A quality education is a critical foundation for enabling all Australians to participate fully in economic and social opportunities in life.” “And I congratulate both schools on pursuing these very worthwhile improvements to their boarding facilities.” The project was recommended to government by the Northern Territory Joint Block Grant Authority. Media Contact: Kate Sieper 0488 484 689