Joint Media Release with Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham
Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, today officially opened the McNamara Walkway at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School in Darwin.
Students and staff at St Mary’s Catholic Primary School now have full use of the new entry into the school from Cavenagh Street. The Turnbull Government provided almost $160,000 in funding for the new entrance from the Capital Grants Programme.
Senator Scullion attended the opening of the McNamara Walkway on behalf of the federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.
“It was great to visit St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and see the new facilities firsthand and the benefits they will provide to the school community,” Senator Scullion said.
The Turnbull Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.6 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories. Nationally that represents funding growth from a record $16 billion this year to $20.1 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.
Minister Birmingham said the Coalition’s funding growth was sustainable but would be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focusing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.
“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,” Minister Birmingham said.
Minister Birmingham is responsible for the Capital Grants Programme, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.