08 December 2014
FEDERAL Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce has announced $2,054,655 in Commonwealth Funding for a major improvement program for St Nicholas’ Primary School in Tamworth.
Mr Joyce said the works in stage 1 of the master plan to improve the school will include the construction of four new classrooms, a new library complex, two new toilet blocks for infant and primary students and a new school canteen.
“I have a strong memory of visiting the school as a young child when my brother Michael was a student at CBC in 1970. My memory tells me not much has changed since then,” Mr Joyce said.
“So this program to improve the school will be well received not only by the staff, but the students, parents and friends of this great school,” he said.
The funding, awarded as part of the Capital Grants Programme, provides funding for non-Government school communities to assist them to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.
A further $880,567 is being provided by non-Commonwealth funding, bringing the overall package to a total of $2,935,222.
“These funds will ensure students at St Nicholas have the infrastructure necessary to help them get the most out of their school,” Mr Joyce said.
“While buildings do not make a school, students will benefit when these enhanced facilities are complete.”
The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator Scott Ryan said the Australian government was committed to improving the quality of our school education and ensuring students are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world,” Senator Ryan said.
St Nicholas' Primary School's principal, Stefan van Aanholt, Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce and the Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson view plans of the proposed $2.9 million upgrade of the school.