THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
3 August 2010
Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today said the Federal Labor Government is delivering 293 Building the Education Revolution (BER) projects to the value of almost $180 million for the electorate of Lingiari in the Northern Territory.
“This funding means more essential infrastructure such as libraries, schools and classrooms for the Northern Territory. This activity has also stimulated the local economy, translating into more jobs and a secure future for many Territorians.
“In the Alice Springs area alone, there’s $34 million being invested in 54 BER projects. I don’t think people realise just how many benefits have flowed into the Territory and the local economy as a result of Federal Labor’s stimulus plan,” Warren Snowdon said.
The BER is a key element of the Gillard Labor Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan.
Warren Snowdon made the comments at the official sod turning for Yirara College’s state-of-the-art library in Alice Springs, built as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s Building the Education Revolution. Yirara College is an Indigenous boarding school.
In total, Yirara College has received:
o $1.2 million for a state-of-the-art library.
o $800,000 for an Administration extension.
o $125,000 for a sports ground upgrade.
Warren Snowdon congratulated Yirara College on the start of construction of their new library and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.
“Access to modern education facilities and a quality education is a critical foundation to give our youth opportunities and enable them to participate and be successful in life.
“So it is great to be here today to conduct the turning of the sod for Yirara College’s new library. I know this state-of-the art facility will deliver great benefits to the students, teachers and the local community, and bring 21st Century facilities to your door.
“We can’t forget that these BER projects at Yirara College will also mean up to 25 tradespeople will be employed, and that’s an important part of keeping people in jobs and maintaining a strong local economy for the future,” Warren Snowdon said.
Yirara College has also recently received $752,000 to upgrade student accommodation and to expand and refurbish facilities to accommodate increasing numbers of Indigenous students under the Indigenous Boarding Infrastructure Program.
Warren Snowdon said the Gillard Labor Government is committed to providing quality education opportunities for Indigenous students – including improving attendance, literacy and numeracy across the Territory.
He said the Clontarf program at Yirara College is a good example of how this can be achieved. Jointly funded by the Federal and Territory Governments and the private sector, Clontarf uses Australian Rules Football to get kids engaged in education.
“Clontarf gets kids attending school and interested in education, and we’re proud to be supporting it in Central Australia,” Warren Snowdon said.
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