$2.5 million Government grant helps open student services centre

Students and staff at Gilroy Santa Maria College in Queensland will tomorrow celebrate the opening a new student services centre, built with the help of more than $2.5 million in Australian Government funding.

Townsville based Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, will open the Ferlazzo Centre on behalf of the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon Scott Ryan. 

The $2,690,079 project was funded through a $2,533,489 Australian Government grant, a state government contribution of $96,482 and a school contribution of $60,108.

The project’s main features included a new administration centre, and the conversion of the existing administration areas into an undercroft, student services and IT support areas.

Senator Macdonald said the Ferlazzo Centre will ensure students at Gilroy Santa Maria College continue to receive a great education.

“The Government believes in an education system that puts students first. We are committed to helping equip all Australian students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world by creating the best possible learning environments,” Senator Macdonald said.

“Everyone who worked so hard to bring this wonderful Centre to life has shown exactly what can be achieved by a school with strong leadership and a clear vision for the future.”

Australian Government funding was provided through the Capital Grants Programme.

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