Abergowrie College to receive $4m for new boarding dorm


St Teresa’s College, Abergowrie is set to benefit from the construction of a brand new boarding dormitory thanks to more than $4million in funding from the Federal Coalition Government.

 Northern based Government Senator Ian Macdonald said the College would receive $4.025million through the Capital Grants Program.

 The funding will contribute to the construction of the new boarding dormitory, and the demolition of new existing boarding dormitories.

 “Only six months ago I visited St Teresa’s to  open a new agricultural shed and refurbished learning areas, and it is wonderful to see further improvements being made at the College,” Senator Macdonald said.

 “While buildings alone don’t make a great school, the school community will certainly benefit from these new facilities.”

 Senator Macdonald said he was delighted that remote schools that cater for boarders from regional areas, like Abergowrie College, were able to receive support from a government that genuinely cares about schools and students in the north.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Capital Grants Program provides vital funds for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

 In addition to initiatives such as this program, the Turnbull Government is also delivering a new funding system to ensure every student gets the resources they need, Minister Birmingham said.

 “We’re overhauling Australia’s school funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student, or $25.3billion across the whole system so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources.”

 Capital grants are additional to funds provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities and school communities, which are responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities.

 For more information visit www.education.gov.au/capital-grants-non-government-schools.

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