Coalition investing in Alice Springs schools

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

Five Alice Springs schools will soon benefit from new and improved facilities thanks to the Coalition Government.

Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today announced five schools in Alice Springs would receive $971,773 through the Coalition Government’s Capital Grants Programme.

“This funding will contribute $310,000 for the construction of two classrooms for the introduction of Years 7 and 8 at the Alice Springs Steiner School while Yirara College will receive $300,000 towards a power upgrade to allow for a future total air conditioning replacement,” Senator Scullion said.

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

“$200,000 will help St Philip’s College install a new fire safety system while $83,023 for Yipirinya School will assist with the construction of netball court.”

Yipirinya School Principal Lorraine Sligar said, “We are very happy to receive the funding for a netball court, we have some very talented netball players who will finally have a dedicated court to practise and play on.”

Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College (OLSH) will renovate Year 7 and 8 female and male toilets including the disabled toilet at its Traeger Avenue Campus with a $78,000 investment.

Br Matthew Green, OLSH Principal, said, “The community at OLSH is greatly appreciative of the Capital Grant awarded to assist us improve facilities at the College. It is critical that we continue to support the young people we serve and provide the best teachers and facilities possible to create dynamic and engaging learning environments.”

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 programme, 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:


School Project Commonwealth Funding Total project cost
Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic College – Traeger Avenue Campus Renovate Year 7 and 8 female and male toilets including the campus disabled toilet. $78,000 $120,000
St Philip’s College Install new fire ring main and hydrants. $200,000 $600,000
The Alice Springs Steiner School Construction of two classrooms for the introduction of Years 7 and 8. $310,750 $50,000
Yipirinya School Construction of netball court


$83,023 $127,727
Yirara College Power upgrade to college to allow for a future total air conditioning replacement. $300,000 $566,150