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Creating Jobs and Building Brighter Futures: New Government School for Palmerston

The Territory Labor Government has brought forward construction of a new primary school in Palmerston by two years, Education Minister Selena Uibo announced today.

The tender for stage one of the Zuccoli Primary School, which will deliver scores of local jobs and ease classroom pressure in the Territory’s fastest growing region, was released yesterday.

Construction is set to begin within the coming months and the school is expected to open in Term 1, 2020.

Stage one of the major construction project encompasses a pre-school with capacity for up to 88 students and eight primary school classrooms with capacity for more than 200 students.

The Government has put Territory families first to fast-track the opening of the school from its initial 2022 scheduled opening.

The tender can be found at

Quotes attributable to Minister for Education Selena Uibo

“The Territory Labor Government will always invest in education to help every child engage in their learning, grow and achieve their full potential.

“We are reinvesting in public education because it is not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do for the Territory’s future.

“The CLP did not prioritise the growing needs of students and their families in the Palmerston area, instead they ripped $135 million out of the NT education budget and sacked teachers and support staff.

“This new government school will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the children of Palmerston, while easing enrolment pressures in surrounding schools.”


Quotes attributable to Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics, Eva Lawler

“We came to Government with a plan to create jobs, invest in infrastructure and improve the lives of all Territorians. We are delivering on that plan.

“Jobs are the Territory Labor Government’s number one priority and this major construction project will support not only short-term construction jobs, but permanent, ongoing jobs in education.”


Quotes attributable to Member for Brennan, Tony Sievers

“We’ve listened to the people of Palmerston and we have delivered this new government school. This is a great result for our community.”


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