THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
THE HON GERRY MCCARTHY MLA
Northern Territory Member for Barkly
29 June 2011
The Federal Member for Lingiari, Warren Snowdon, today officially opened new school facilities built for students in Mataranka and Jilkminggan, as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).
Jilkminggan School located 100 kilometres south of Katherine received $826,118 for a new classroom and canteen extension.
Mataranka Primary School received $376,679 for a new library and preschool classroom.
Mr Snowdon said the BER is a key element of the Australian 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 Jilkminggan School on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.
“This building means that Middle and Secondary students now have their own work area in 21st Century facilities. It’s great to see the new classroom is already being put to good use by students in the program.”
Jilkminggan School is working very hard on the Accelerated Literacy Program, and local teacher Nicola Clode recently won the Northern Territory’s outstanding teacher of the year award.
Mr Snowdon said he hopes the new facilities at Mataranka will help the school continue on its award winning streak.
"Mataranka School has won numerous awards especially for their innovative environmental science programs, and they have been recognised as a leading school in developing a values curriculum for all schools across Australia.
“The new centre will provide welcome support to these programs including the development of numeracy skills through the Count Me in Too Program.
“I am also delighted that these projects have supported the employment of a number of workers. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,” Mr Snowdon said.
Member for Barkly, Gerry McCarthy congratulated the Northern Territory Government run schools.
“I’m proud to be working shoulder to shoulder with the Federal Labor Government to deliver better learning environments for children in the Barkly area,” Mr McCarthy said.
“More than just bricks and mortar, this new facility will provide a rich educational space for children to grow and learn.”
The Australian Government is investing $184 million in 298 BER projects in the electorate of Lingiari. This is benefiting 124 government schools and 32 non-government schools.
Warren Snowdon’s office: Alice Plate 0400 045 999
Gerry McCarthy’s office: Claire March 0403 937 849