Federal CLP investing in Top End schools

Joint Media Release with Minister for Education and Training Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham

Six Top End schools will soon benefit from new and improved facilities thanks to Coalition Government investment.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today announced six schools in the Top End would receive $470,724 through the Coalition Government’s Capital Grants Programme.

“This funding will contribute $150,000 towards three, one bedroom accommodation units for staff and teachers at Tiwi College.

“In Darwin, $147,191 will help O’Loughlin Catholic College to construct a walkway from the carpark pick up terminal to admin area and repair damaged asphalt area of the carpark,” Senator Scullion said.

Rhett Bowden, O’Loughlin Catholic College principal, said: “we are absolutely thrilled. This is a much needed improvement for the college and will certainly have a positive impact on the community.”

Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School will renovate its single entry library room to create space for multi-purpose use including an additional entry with funding of $60,396.

Simon Duffy, Principal of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, said: “The staff and students of Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School, Wanguri, are thrilled with the news that we have received Capital Grant funding to allow us to redesign our Multi-purpose room to improve the safety and functionality of the space for our school community”.

Kormilda College, which will become Haileybury Rendall School, has received $29,250 towards the installation of shade structures for sun smart outdoor multi-disciplinary learning spaces.

Kormilda College Principal Dr Helen Spiers said: “This grant will enable some of the play areas in the school to be more shady for students next year.  This will align well with our Sun Smart policy.”

Senator Scullion said a $51,387 investment for Palmerston’s Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School will assist with the Installation of an electronic key system to replace manual locks.

Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic School, Mrs Gez Mulvahil, saisd: “On behalf of the school community, we are grateful for this funding to enable us to install an electronic key system to improve the safety and wellbeing of our staff and students.”

Senator Scullion said MacKillop Catholic College, also in Palmerston, will use $32,500 to provide additional services for a workshop/training area which has moved to a new location.

“While buildings alone do not make a school, students and the whole local community will benefit from using these new facilities,” Senator Scullion said.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Programme provides vital funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

“This programme is part of the Turnbull Government’s commitment to ensuring students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom,” Minister Birmingham said

“In addition to initiatives such as this program, the Turnbull Government is also delivering a new funding system to ensure every student gets the resources they need.

“We’re overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student or $25.3 billion across the whole system so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.”

Capital grants are additional to funds provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities, and school communities, which are responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities.

For more information visit: www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools

 

School Suburb Project Commonwealth Funding Total project cost
Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School Casuarina Renovate single entry library room to create space for multi-purpose use including an additional entry/exit. $60,396 $92,917
Kormilda College/ Haileybury Rendall School Berrimah Installation of shade structures for sunsmart outdoor multi-disciplinary learning spaces. $29,250 $45,000
MacKillop Catholic College Palmerston Provide additional services for workshop/training area which has moved to a new location. $32,500 $50,000
O’Loughlin Catholic College Casuarina Construct walkway from carpark pick up terminal to admin area.

Repair damaged asphalt area of carpark.

$147,191 $226,725
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Palmerston Installation of an electronic key system to replace manual locks. $51,387 $79,057
Tiwi College Melville Island Purchase/Install three, one bedroom accommodation units for staff and teachers $150,000 $250,000