The Minister for Education, Employment & Workplace Relations, Julia Gillard, will today visit Everton Park State School in Brisbane with the Queensland Education Minister, Geoff Wilson to announce that 293 primary schools will receive more than $650 million under Round One 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.
The Rudd Government wants to ensure that teachers and students in every Queensland school - primary and secondary, government and non-government, urban, regional, rural and remote schools - are teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities.
Round One will deliver funding for 499 projects in 293 primary schools across Queensland, approximately 20 per cent of all eligible schools. Successful projects for Queensland include a large number of multi purpose halls and new libraries.
In Round One of P21, just over $490 million or 75 per cent of funding will go to Queensland Government schools, almost $97 million (15 per cent) to Catholic schools and $63 million (10 per cent) to independent schools.
Construction and refurbishment work will commence as soon as possible. Many of the P21 projects planned to begin this month will provide immediate support for local jobs.
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 like schools, for the long-term.
Almost 70 per cent of the stimulus package is being directed to important infrastructure like schools delivering around 35,000 individual construction projects around the country which will support jobs.
Under the Government’s $1.3 billion National School Pride program, plans for $195 million worth of minor infrastructure and maintenance projects, in 1359 schools across Queensland, are already underway.
Queensland schools yet to apply for funding under P21 are encouraged to contact their education authority and submit proposals for Round Two before 15 May 2009.