THE HON JULIA GILLARD MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for Education Member for Lingiari, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural
Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Regional Health, & Regional
Minister For Social Inclusion
THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari, Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health, & Regional Service Delivery
28 May 2010
Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, and Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today announced the Australian Government was providing $2.125 million in funding to upgrade and expand accommodation at three Northern Territory Indigenous boarding schools.
Ms Gillard congratulated the following schools that have received funding as part of the Federal Government’s Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program.
- $801,000 to Tiwi College, Melville Island
- $572,500 to Woolaning Homeland Christian College, Batchelor
- $752,000 to Yirara College, Alice Springs
Mr Snowdon thanked the schools for their contributions to the educational welfare and achievements of their Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
"Tiwi College, Woolaning Homeland Christian College and Yirari College all have strong track records in providing high-quality education for their Indigenous students," Mr Snowdon said.
"This funding will help these schools upgrade student accommodation and to expand facilities to accommodate increasing numbers of Indigenous students."
"A quality education is a critical foundation to give our youth opportunities and enable them to participate and be successful in life.
"The Rudd Government is committed to providing quality education opportunities for Indigenous students and closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students’ education outcomes," Mr Snowdon said.
To date, 35 projects have been approved for funding under the $50 million Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program.
Speaking at Yirara College in Alice Springs, Ms Gillard said the $752,000 allocated to Yirara College would go towards the refurbishment and extension of the female boarding block to provide better facilities for these students.
The refurbishment also includes new paving in the court area, extensions to the laundry and office area and the refurbishment of the dining hall.
While at the school, Ms Gillard took the time to inspect the work being carried out as part of the Building the Education Revolution (BER).
This is funding a sports ground upgrade which includes a paved area for skateboarding, new drainage around the
Work is also underway on an upgrade to the schools administration facilities with the upgrade to the school library expected to start in coming months.
In total, Yirara College is receiving over $2 million in Building the Education Revolution funding which will support around 25 local jobs.
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