"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.
|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|
Deborah May (Melham) 9774 2111
Tim Quadrio (Clare) 9790 2466