Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Announces $67M Boost for Primary Schools

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

MP Announces $67M Boost for Primary Schools

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Byline: Adam Wratten adam.wratten@capnews.com.au

MEMBER for Capricornia Kirsten Livermore yesterday announced 41 primary schools in Capricornia would receive $67.23 million for major new infrastructure projects.

Ms Livermore said the Federal Government was undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia's history to support local jobs.

"This investment in our local primary schools is long overdue and will go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession," Ms Livermore said.

"Teachers and students in our local schools should be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities."

The 41 schools will receive $67.23 million for 61 projects.

The funding was part of the second round of the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) program.

The $12.4 billion P21 element would deliver much-needed funding for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and covered outdoor learning centres.

Ms Livermore encouraged those schools that had not already done so to get their applications in for round three which closes on July 10.

Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government's $42 billion Nation Building - Economic Stimulus Plan.

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects is available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au (http://www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au) or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au (http://www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au)

* Education Queensland yesterday afternoon declined a request from The Morning Bulletin to speak to someone from one of their schools which secured funding.

A spokesman for Education Queensland said the department's core focus was to educate young people and having representatives of The Morning Bulletin turn up at a school for an organised meeting was considered a disruption. The spokesman said this was one of a complexity of reasons to deny the request. He cited no other reasons.

Later in the day, Education Queensland Fitzroy and Central West regional executive director Greg Dickman welcomed the funding. …

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