More help for flood-affected students in northern NSW

STUDENTS in flood-affected communities in northern NSW will share up to $1.47 million extra funding to help them get the help they need to successfully get on with their schooling.

Thanks to funding announced by Minister for School Education Peter Garrett, students in about 134 flood and fire-affected communities across Australia will get extra support.

Duty Senator for Cowper, Matt Thistlethwaite, welcomed the funding of $11,000 as good news for the region, which will provide chaplaincy and student welfare services to support students at St Joseph's Primary School.

"This school has been seriously affected by floods so we're making sure that students at St Joseph's Primary School get all the help they need to continue their studies and achieve their best," Senator Thistlethwaite said.

"This funding means chaplains and student welfare workers will have more time available to support students in this school.

"After all, our local schools are at the heart of community life and this extra money to help schools recover is an important investment this Government is making to help communities recover and rebuild."

Mr Garrett said the extra funding is helping communities across the country, with the Government providing $1.47 million to support students from schools seriously affected by the fires and floods that occurred earlier this year in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.

"As part of the initiative, $814,000 will assist up to 74 schools in Queensland, $286,000 for up to 26 New South Wales schools, $286,000 to help up to 26 schools in Victoria, and $88,000 will assist up to eight schools in Tasmania to extend support to their students and the school community," Mr Garrett said.



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