The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today visited the Chifley electorate with local member Roger Price to speak to local students, principals and teachers about the Federal Government’s Education Revolution. Their first stop was Mt Druitt TAFE, where Minister Gillard and Mr Price toured hospitality kitchens and ate food prepared by TAFE students. Mt Druitt TAFE and the nine other campuses that form the Western Sydney Institute of TAFE received a total of $7.7 million for minor capital works, refurbishment, maintenance and the procurement of plants and equipment. The pair later had the opportunity to meet with school captains from High Schools in the Chifley electorate, covering much of Sydney’s Western suburbs. The Minister and Mr Price then stopped in at Loyola Senior High School in Mt Druitt where they were shown plans for the new Trade Training Centre. The Federal Government is funding this $9 million facility which will deliver automotive, construction, engineering and electrical facilities as well as a commercial kitchen/cafe and a hairdressing facility. Five other local schools will benefit from this facility. Up the road at Plumpton High, Minister Gillard and Mr Price were led by the school principal and captains through their new dance studio funded under the Government’s National School Pride program as part of the Economic Stimulus Package. They then toured new hospitality rooms and met with members of the Plumpton Education Community to discuss their vision for a K-12 College. As a Government, we believe that every school should be a great school and every child should have access to a world class education, including in Sydney’s West. This Government has directed unprecedented funding and resources into education, not only into school infrastructure, but in new transparency with the My School website, and a new truly National Curriculum which will be unveiled next month. We have also committed $2.5 billion for improving teacher quality, lifting literacy and numeracy standards in schools that need a helping hand and addressing educational disadvantage.