Richmond MP Justine Elliot
Richmond MP Justine Elliot

Schools funding welcomed

BILAMBIL Public School students had the right to rejoice last week with an extra $2.5 million in their school's bank account.

It was one of 25 schools on the Tweed to benefit from the second round of the Federal Government's $12.4 billion Primary Schools for the 21st Century package.

Schools in Kingscliff, Murwillumbah, Crystal Creek and Tweed Heads received up to $3 million each for projects including new classroom facilities, libraries, multi-purpose halls and covered outdoor learning areas.

Richmond MP Justine Elliot announced the funding last week as part of the Federal Government's $1.3 million National School Pride 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,” Ms Elliot said.

“Teachers and students in our schools should be teaching and learning in 21st century faci- lities.

“It has been great to see local principals, parents and trades- people working together to deliver these important projects.”

Under the second round of the project, 3716 schools in Australia will receive a portion of the $6.3 billion funding.

Tweed Nationals MP Geoff Provest congratulated the Federal Government's funding, but said their necessity to step in over the New South Wales Government reflects poorly on the state's Premier Nathan Rees.

“If the Federal Government is saying this is a necessary investment, it is also implicitly criticising years of neglect by the NSW Labor Government,” Mr Provest said.

“Of course I welcome funding for Tweed schools, particularly of this unprecedented magnitude.

“We are talking about seven new libraries, two new halls and numerous other upgrades, with more to come.

“As part of my 100-per-cent-for-Tweed agenda, I have long been campaigning for increased funding for Tweed schools.”

Mr Provest said more funding is still needed.

“This Federal funding does not fix all problems at Tweed schools, and it certainly doesn't let the Rees Government off the hook,” he said.

Applications for round three of the handout closes on July 10.

Who got what

Banora Point Public School $3mil

Bilambil Public School $2.5mil

Burringbar Public School $850,000

Caldera School $250,000

Centaur Public School $3mil

Chillingham Public School $250,000

Crabbes Crk Public School $250,000

Crystal Creek Public School $850,000

Cudgen Public School $2mil

Duranbah Public School $250,000

Fingal Head Public School $850,000

Mt St Patrick Primary School $2mil

Murwillumbah East Public School $2.5mil

Murwillumbah Public School $2mil

Murwillumbah South Infants School $250,000

St Anthonys Primary School $2.5mil

St James Primary School $2.2mil

St Josephs Primary School $3.1mil

Stokers Siding Public School $850,000

Terranora Public School $3mil

Tweed Heads South Public School $2mil

Tweed Valley College $850,000

Tyalgum Public School $850,000

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