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Brendan O'Connor congratulates local schools on receiving grants.

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Brendan O'Connor congratulates local schools on receiving grants

MEDIA RELEASE 07 October 2005

Brendan O’Connor, Federal Member for Gorton, today congratulated the 7 schools in the local area that received grants for infrastructure improvements as part of the Investing in Our Schools Programme.

"This is a great, though long overdue, result for local schools" Mr O’Connor said. "This money will provide for important repairs and new equipment for schools in our area, many of which have been waiting several months for this extra funding."

Just under $408 000 in Round One of the applications has been awarded for 13 grants to 7 Government schools in Gorton, for things such as sports oval and play area upgrades and improvements to learning facilities.

"The Howard Government had originally promised this money would be approved in June this year.

"Instead the Education Minister had our local schools, who have been counting on these grants to manage their budgets, waiting four extra months for these funds"

"There is now little chance of many of these projects being completed before the end of the school year."

Applications for Round Two of the Investing in Our Schools Programme are now closed and are due to be announced at the end of the year.

There is also a separate funding process for non-government schools. Any schools unsuccessful in Round One may still receive funding during Round Two 2005.