Member for New England Barnaby Joyce today announced two schools in Armidale will benefit from new science facilities and learning areas, thanks to $700,000 in Coalition Government grants.
Mr Joyce said the Australian Government would provide $600,000 toward The Armidale School project and $200,000 for a project at The Armidale Waldorf School, through the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure.
“Students and staff at The Armidale School will benefit from the refurbishment of a science building to include three science labs, two multi-purpose science labs, and a preparation room, as well as a storeroom, student amenities and a lift,” Mr Joyce said.
“Meanwhile, The Armidale Waldorf School will benefit from the construction of a new year 9 and 10 building with two general learning areas, added storage, a staff/administration room and decked outdoor activity and learning areas.
“State schools are overwhelmingly funded by the state but others need to be funded by the Commonwealth so they can maintain a standard of education to give the people of New England, choice. 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 Armidale 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 Tamworth, this latest funding round of the Capital Grants Program would also provide $980,000 towards the Calrossy Anglican School project and $800,000 for the Carinya Christian School development.
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