THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
21 May 2010
The Hon Warren Snowdon MP today attended the official opening of the new library at Araluen Christian College, built as part of the Rudd Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).
Araluen Christian College in Alice Springs received $925,000 under the National School Pride (NSP) and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) elements of BER.
BER 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.
Mr Snowdon congratulated Araluen Christian College on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.
"We have reached the next exciting phase in Building the Education Revolution. "It has been fantastic to see local principals, parents and trades people working together to deliver these important projects. Now that they are completed, staff and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in the 21st century facilities," Mr Snowdon said.
The $1.28 billion National School Pride program measure has delivered funding to over 9,400 eligible schools in every state and territory for minor infrastructure and refurbishment.
The same jurisdictions have benefitted from the $14.1 billion 21st Century (P21) element, which has delivered funding to over 7,900 eligible primary schools for major new infrastructure.
"It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of this new library area and to witness first hand, the impact this has had on this school and the broader community. It’s also great to see that this particular project has employed contractors from the building and construction industry. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,’ said Mr Snowdon.
Further information about this project and all schools funded in Lingiari and around Australia is available at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au/mycommunity/pages/default.aspx?electoratename=lingiari
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