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Restoring Trust - First Palmerston schools benefit from key election promise

The Territory Labor Government is delivering on a key election commitment to provide $300,000 to every NT school to enhance learning environments for students.

Students at Bakewell Primary school have returned from semester break to a new covered walkway which will be completed in the coming weeks and a drop-off zone, while Gray Primary School’s irrigation system was refurbished making the school more ‘water smart’. 

Minister for Education and Member for Drysdale Eva Lawler said the upgrades were a perfect example of the value of the Building Better Schools initiative.

“We promised this project and we are delivering because we believe if you put children at heart of our decision making process, the results follow,” Ms Lawler said.

“Building Better Schools is a wonderful initiative that not only provides much needed infrastructure upgrades to every Territory school, but also boosts our economy by creating jobs for local contractors.

“Budget 17 will see 54 Territory schools receive their $300,000 including three more schools in Palmerston: Driver Primary School, Palmerston Senior College and Rosebery Middle School.

“As Minister for Education, and a local member, it’s great to see work being done in the Palmerston region and I look forward to coming back and seeing the completed works at the other three Palmerston schools.”

Bakewell Primary School Acting Principal, Paul Nyhuis said the Building Better Schools works contributed to providing a safer school environment.

“Student wellbeing and safety is paramount at Bakewell Primary School and the new facilities will ensure that all Bakewell students and families are able to arrive and depart school safely,” Mr Nyhuis said.

“A safe, designated area allows our students and community to be protected from the elements when arriving and leaving school.

“The addition of the bus parking bay has been included to provide a smooth and convenient flow for traffic.”


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