Mark Coulton MP, Federal Member for Parkes

$650,000 funding boost for Gunnedah’s Carinya Christian School

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

A grant of $650,000 to Gunnedah’s Carinya Christian School will result in the construction of a new Middle School precinct thanks to a nationwide funding program run by the Nationals-Liberal Government. 
The Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton said the construction of the new precinct will deliver four specialist learning spaces for science, design and technology textiles and information and communications technology [ICT].
He said the project will also include new student amenities, covered verandas, a staff room, a meeting room, storage and a covered outdoor learning area. It also includes professional fees, site development cost, special services costs, external infrastructure, furniture, fixtures and fittings.
“This funding will contribute to the overall project cost of more than $1.9 million,” Mr Coulton said. 
“While buildings alone do not make a school, students and the whole local community will benefit from using these new facilities.”
The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Program provides vital funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries. 
“This program is part of the Coalition Government’s commitment to ensuring students have the support they need to succeed in the classroom,” Minister Birmingham said
 “We’re overhauling Australia’s schools funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student or $25.3 billion across the whole system so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.”
Capital grants are additional to funds provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities, and school communities, which are responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities.

For more information visit: www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools 

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