The Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, today announced that 44 local primary schools would receive a total of $49 million for major infrastructure under Round Two of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).

“The new building projects include halls, libraries, classrooms and multi-purpose facilities that will be of great benefit to our school children today and long into the future,” Ms Saffin said.

“For example, $2 million is being invested in a new Covered Outdoor Learning Facility (COLA) and classroom facilities upgrade at Goonellabah Primary School, while at Westlawn Public School in Grafton, they have $3 million for a hall and COLA.

“A total of $61.6 million has now been announced for primary schools in Page under Round One and Round Two of P21, with a third round of funding yet to be announced.

“This investment in our local primary schools is long overdue and will go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession.

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

“It is great to see local principals, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these projects, and I will be keeping in touch with school communities and their project managers throughout the process.

“Round Two projects will begin as soon as possible, and I encourage those schools who haven’t done so to submit their applications for Round Three which closes on July 10, and will see all remaining eligible schools receive funding.

“The Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program has also delivered more than $10 million in minor infrastructure and maintenance to local primary and secondary schools in Page.

“Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building–Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.”

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects is available at www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au