Justine Elliott (left) and Amanda Fazio with students Kyle Mcleod, Emily Wood and Charle Bark on the oval where new classrooms will be built.
Justine Elliott (left) and Amanda Fazio with students Kyle Mcleod, Emily Wood and Charle Bark on the oval where new classrooms will be built. Blainey Woodham

Centaur $3m for new rooms

CENTAUR Public School at Banora Point is to receive $3 million from the Federal Government for classroom facilities.

Local Labor MP and Minister for Ageing Justine Elliot yesterday visited the school with NSW Upper House Labor MP Amanda Fazio to officially announce the funding had been approved and construction is due to commence soon on the new classroom facilities project.

She said the classroom project at Centaur Public School was part of the Rudd Government’s primary schools for the 21st century (P21) program.

Under the project, Centaur Public School is due to receive an additional six state-of-the art classroom spaces.

Ms Elliot and Ms Fazio met with teaching staff at the school to view the site where the classroom facilities are to be constructed.

“This is a very exciting project for the children and families of Richmond,” Ms Elliot said.

She said so far the $14.1 billion dollar P21 programme had seen 7692 primary schools across the nation receive funding for 10,697 projects.

Local primary schools in the electorate of Richmond had received total funding of $97,267,159 under the P21 program.

“This investment in our local primary schools is long overdue and will go a long way to supporting local jobs during the global recession,” she said.

“Teachers and students in our local schools should be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.

“Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion nation building economic stimulus plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.”

Ms Fazio said the new facilities would provide students “with a fantastic learning environment from which to prepare for the future.

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au.

The school project is the most recent to be unveiled by Ms Elliot as the federal election due next year draws closer.

Last week along with Tweed mayor Warren Polglase she unveiled $470,000 of improvements to Ambrose Brown Park at Pottsville and $340,000 of work to Jack Bayliss Park at North Kingscliff.



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