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Member for Blaxland

Shadow Minister for Regional Services, Territories and Local Government

Shadow Minister for Housing and Homelessness 

Local high schools get $16 million for state-of-the-art Science Labs and Language Centres

"Our young people deserve access to the best classroom facilities available - and that's what this funding will deliver. It's also great for local jobs - investing in construction projects on this scale means ongoing work for local contractors and tradies," Mr Clare said.

"This funding was allocated on the basis of need - that means the schools that need the money most, are getting it. We all know, improved education facilities give young people a better chance at getting ahead in life", Mr Melham said.

Principal of Punchbowl Boys High School, Jihad Dib says the announcement of $821,000 for a language centre at the school is terrific news.

"It's an excellent opportunity to offer the best possible learning environment, utilising state-ofthe-art educational facilities. To have a specialist language learning facility will enable teachers to access a wider range of resources. We will be able to introduce new languages and we will also be looking at using the language centre for the wider community, for example, offering adult language classes," said Mr Dib.

Construction of the new or refurbished facilities will commence quickly, providing immediate support for jobs.

The funding boost is part of the Rudd Government's $14.7 billion Building the Education Revolution -the largest school modernisation program in Australia's history. It's designed to support local jobs, stimulate every local economy and invest in important long-term infrastructure.

Further funding for new or refurbished science labs and language centres is in the pipeline. Some schools are still finalising costings for their projects but once that process is complete, another announcement will be made.

School Suburb Project Funding
Bankstown Girls High School Bankstown Science Centre $1,081,226
Bankstown Senior College Bankstown Science Centre $914,514
Mount St Joseph Milperra Milperra Language Centre $945,000
Sir Joseph Banks High School Revesby Language Centre $821,000
Bass High School Bass Hill Science Centre $1,475,521
Birrong Boys High School Birrong Science Centre $914,514
Birrong Girls High School Birrong Science Centre $943,990
Canley Vale High School Canley Vale Science Centre $1,699,255
Chester Hill HIgh School Chester Hill Language Centre $821,000
La Salle College Bankstown Refurbish existing science facilities $1,396,000
Malek Fahd Islamic School Greenacre Construction of two storey science complex $1,970,000
Patrician Brothers College Fairfield Extend and refurbish science facilities $1,860,000
Punchbowl Boys High School Punchbowl Language Centre $821,000
Sefton High School Sefton Language Centre $821,000

A full list of successful schools and their planned projects are available at: www.buildingtheeducationrevolution.gov.au or at: www.economicstimulusplan.gov.au

MEDIA CONTACT:
Deborah May (Melham) 9774 2111
Tim Quadrio (Clare) 9790 2466