Member for New England Barnaby Joyce today announced Calrossy Anglican School - William Cowper campus and Carinya Christian School in Tamworth will benefit from new learning facilities, new science facilities and performance spaces, thanks to Coalition Government grants.
Mr Joyce said the Australian Government would provide $980,000 towards the Calrossy Anglican School project and $800,000 for the Carinya Christian School development through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.
“Students and staff at Calrossy Anglican School - William Cowper campus will benefit from the construction of a new multi-use building for its secondary school students, including specialised learning areas for design and technology, and general learning areas,” Mr Joyce said.
“The project will also deliver a new staffroom and administration area, student amenities, a library/resource centre and covered outdoor learning area.
“Carinya Christian School will benefit from the refurbishment and enlargement of two existing science laboratories and a science preparation room and the addition of a new science storeroom.
“The project also includes refurbishments to create three new general learning areas, construction of a general-purpose learning area, performance spaces for music, a new covered outdoor learning area, and new pupil, staff and accessible amenities.
“State schools are overwhelmingly funded by the state but others need to be also funded by the Commonwealth so they can maintain a standard of education to give the people of New England, choice.
“Calrossy and Carinya have wonderful school communities and these new facilities will further enhance the learning environments.
“This is a great outcome and it shows real delivery for the New England
“Students and teachers thrive when their schools have modern and up-to-date facilities – that’s why the Nationals in Government are proud of the Capital Grants Program, which has benefited thousands of schools across the nation.
“Our Government is ensuring that every child gets a quality education no matter where they go to school. We are providing a record $314.7 billion for all Australian Schools from 2018 to 2029.
“We are delivering real, needs-based funding that is matched by national reforms that will drive better results and outcomes, as recommended by David Gonski in his Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools.
“I congratulate the Tamworth schools on their successful grant applications and look forward to seeing the positive impact the new facilities will have on students and our community.”
In Armidale, this latest funding round of the Capital Grants Program would also provide $600,000 toward an upgrade at The Armidale School and $200,000 for a project at The Armidale Waldorf School.
Mr Joyce said the funding announcements were among 158 projects approved for funding under the Capital Grants Program to commence in 2021.
Schools that want to learn more about the Capital Grants Program can visit https://www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools