Federal MP Janelle Saffin says 27 local schools in the Page electorate will receive $2.05 million for minor infrastructure and refurbishment projects under Round Two of the National School Pride (NSP) program.

Ms Saffin said the $1.3-billion NSP program was one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7-billion Building the Education Revolution (BER) and will deliver much-needed funding for school infrastructure projects and, importantly, support local jobs.

“One of the things I love about my job is getting around to our primary and secondary schools and meeting with students and school communities. Principals, teachers, P&Cs, P&Fs and school forums see School Pride as a golden opportunity to get long-overdue work done,” Ms Saffin said.

Most of the 27 schools in Round 2 will receive $50,000 or $75,000 for refurbishment that includes painting, floor coverings, repairs to walls, floors, fittings, roofs, stormwater components and paved areas.

Some have larger refurbishment projects due to their size. They include Westlawn Public School in Grafton $200,000; Yamba Public School $150,000; Wollongbar Public School $125,000; St John’s College Woodlawn in Lismore $200,000.

Ms Saffin said construction and refurbishment work will start as soon as possible. Round Two is the final round of the NSP program and sees funding delivered to all eligible schools across the country.

BER continues with two elements still open for applications – Primary Schools for the 21st Century Round Two and Three and Science and Language Centres for the 21st Century.

A list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au