The Federal Member for Page, Janelle Saffin, announced today that 15 secondary schools in the Page electorate will receive funding for new school computers as part of the Rudd Government’s $1.2 billion Digital Education Revolution.

The funding is from Round One of the National Secondary School Computer Fund.
The successful schools are:

  • Alstonville High School
  • Ballina High School
  • Casino High School
  • Evans River Community School
  • Grafton High School
  • Kadina High School
  • Kyogle High School
  • Lismore High School
  • South Grafton High School
  • Southern Cross School, East Ballina
  • Woodenbong Central School
  • McCauley Catholic College, Grafton
  • Trinity Catholic College, Lismore
  • St Mary’s High School (Casino)
  • St Andrew’s Christian School, Grafton

Ms Saffin said grants of $1000 per computer have been provided, making a total of more than $2.47 million for schools in Page.

“Today’s announcement starts to deliver on the Rudd Government’s election commitment to provide funds for new computers in schools,” she said.

The Rudd Government will be investing:

$1.1 billion through the National Secondary School Computer Fund over the next five years; and,

$100 million for fibre connections to Australian schools to help deliver broadband speeds of up to 100 megabits per second.

Ms Saffin said this is the first phase of the Government’s investment.

“Round One was targeted at schools with a computer-to-student ratio of 1 to 8 or worse,” she said.

“In Round Two, we will be seeking to move all secondary schools to the target computer-to-student ratio of 1 computer for every 2 students in Years 9 -12.

“By the end of 2008, funds will be available for all schools to be able to move to a national benchmark of 1:2.

“Applications for the Round Two funding are expected to open on 14 July 2008. I encourage all our secondary schools to apply for this vital and very beneficial funding.

Further information about the National Secondary School Computer Fund is available at:  http://www.digitaleducationrevolution.gov.au