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Danna Vale opens new multimedia facilities at Engadine High.

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DANNA VALE OPENS NEW MULTIMEDIA FACILITIES AT ENGADINE HIGH Federal Member for Hughes, Danna Vale, today celebrated the unveiling of new multimedia kiosks at Engadine High School, following a $43,474 grant under the Federal Government’s Investing In Our Schools (IOSP) Program.

This funding has allowed for multimedia computer kiosks to be placed in the Drama room, each of the two music rooms and one computer lab.

Each kiosk includes appropriate computer hardware to allow video and musical editing with sound cards that enables editing of music tracks. This helps students to develop musical and video production skills at the highest level in conjunction with the curriculum.

The $1 billion Investing In Our Schools Program, announced by the Prime Minister during 2004 Federal Election Campaign, provides $700 million for government schools to fund small-scale infrastructure projects identified and prioritised by school communities. A further $300 million is provided for non-government schools.

“By focussing on delivering small-scale projects that have been prioritised by school communities, the Government is encouraging initiative in our schools,” Mrs Vale said.

“The Government has always believed that teachers, students and their parents know what’s best for their individual schools, not government ministers or bureaucrats.”

Already 12,341 projects have been approved during Rounds One Two and Three for around 5640 government schools across Australia. With more than 10,000 applications received for 2006 Round Three, many school communities will soon be receiving this much-needed funding.

Government schools can apply for up to a maximum of $150,000 over the life of the program. Projects already funded include air-conditioning, shade structures, computer equipment and upgrades, musical and sporting equipment.

Funding under the program 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 from 2005-08.

Media Contact: Aaron Findlay 9521 6262 or 0404 080 150 Release Date: 22 Feb 2007