The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, today announced at Eastwood Public School that 1354 primary schools in New South Wales will receive $2.3 billion for building major infrastructure projects under Round Two of Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21).
The Rudd Government is undertaking the largest school modernisation program in Australia’s history to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long term infrastructure.
P21 is one of three elements of the Rudd Government’s $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution. The $12.4 billion P21 program will deliver much needed funding to every primary school for major infrastructure projects, including libraries, multipurpose halls and classrooms.
As part of Round Two, Eastwood Public School has been successful in receiving $3 million for the construction of new classroom facilities.
In NSW, under P21 over $1.6 billion (70 per cent) will go to Government schools, over $438 million (19 per cent) to Catholic schools and over $254 million (11 per cent) to Independent schools.
This comes on top of $642 million for 536 projects in 410 NSW primary schools announced in Round One of P21.
The Rudd Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.
Round Two will deliver funding for approximately 40 per cent of all eligible schools and projects will begin as soon as possible.
NSW primary schools yet to apply for funding under P21 are encouraged to contact their education authority and submit proposals for Round Three before 10 July 2009.
The $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution complements the existing and planned investments by the States and Territories and non-government systems and schools.
Building the Education Revolution is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.
Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $414 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 3069 primary and secondary schools across New South Wales are already underway.