Release type: Media Release


Building the Education Revolution in Penguin


The Hon Julia Gillard MP
Minister for Education. Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations
Minister for Social Inclusion
Deputy Prime Minister

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, and the Member for Braddon, Sid Sidebottom, today visited Penguin Primary School and Penguin High School in Tasmania to speak to school leaders, teachers and students about infrastructure being built at the school under the Rudd Government’s Building the Education Revolution program.

Penguin Primary School will receive a total of $2.6 million from the Building the Education Revolution (BER), while Penguin High School is to receive $2 million in BER funds for the construction of new buildings.

Penguin Primary is undertaking an extensive refurbishment of the existing library and multipurpose hall with $2.5 million from the Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the BER.

This construction is supporting local small business and local jobs during the difficult days of the global recession.

The contract has been awarded to Devonport based Tasmanian firm, Vos Constructions, and will support 135 jobs over the course of the project.

Penguin High was successful in the Science and Language Centres (SLC) element of the BER to upgrade their current science facilities. This will include a sports science lab to be used in conjunction with a neighbouring sporting complex.

National School Pride (NSP) funding will be used to refurbish the existing home economics area to cater for an up-to-date food technology program.

Mr Sidebottom said 63 schools in the electorate of Braddon have been awarded over $99.5 million under BER which will provide a much needed boost to school infrastructure and support local jobs during the global recession.

“This funding will go a long way in ensuring that local tradespeople, including builders, plumbers, painters and electricians are able to keep on staff in the current economic climate and in many instances, employ additional resources,” Mr Sidebottom said.

These projects are part of the $16.2 billion Building the Education Revolution program which is investing in quality school facilities for the nation’s future and the jobs of today.

Further information about the Building the Education Revolution can be found at