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ACT benefits from historic investment in schools

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations

School students and local communities in the Australian Capital Territory are set to benefit from massive improvements to their school facilities thanks to the historic investment of more than $242 million by the Australian Government.

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations, Senator Chris Evans, welcomed the substantial school construction completed in the ACT.

“I am delighted to see the difference these facilities are already making to schools across the ACT,” Senator Evans said.

“The Gillard Government is determined to make sure that students learn in the best educational facilities possible, no matter where they live.

“This investment will ensure ACT students get a world-class education and the right skills they need, to win the job they deserve in the future.

“As the year draws to a close, more than 203 ACT schools have completed construction on individual projects and students have already had the benefit of using modern, state-of- the-art learning facilities.

“Another 50 schools have facilities that are under construction, and their students will soon have room to learn in a more effective environment, or be able to enjoy multipurpose facilities that can host a range of activities.”

Senator Evans said the construction projects were part of an historic investment by the Government into the modernisation of Australian schools.

“I am very pleased that these projects have also supported the employment and training of so many local workers in ACT,” he said.

“I congratulate the principals, school staff and tradespeople for working together to deliver these projects.”

Across ACT, more than $150 million will be spent on improvements to government schools, and over $92 million on improvements for non-government schools.

“These new facilities have created better learning environments benefiting students, teachers and the local communities they serve,” Senator Evans said.

“Students across the state and across the country will continue to benefit from this major investment for years to come.”