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$2.5 million Investment in Students in the Katherine Region: Budget 17

Schools in the Katherine region will be $2.5 million better off following a $20 million boost to Territory Government schools as part of Budget 17. 

The Minister for Education Eva Lawler said Budget 17 is all about investing in the best outcomes for the future of the Territory – jobs, children and community – which all impact on students and families.

“Education in the Katherine region will be strengthened through the additional funds for school budgets to enable them to hire more teachers, specialist and support staff, purchase new resources for students, and upgrade school infrastructure,” Ms Lawler said.

“Children are at the centre of the Territory Labor Government’s decision making and we want to provide every child with a quality learning environment so they have access to a world class education. This leads to a good job and strong communities across the Territory.

“Importantly, we are reversing the CLP’s savage cuts to the education budget because we believe in investing in children – it’s the right thing to do and the smart thing to do.

Ms Lawler visited Katherine High School today to meet students and school staff to listen to how their additional funding will benefit the school.  

The Principal of Katherine High School Dr Peter Fairchild said the injection of funding will allow further development of work-ready programs to give students a hands-on experience in a variety of fields. 

“We will use the funds to upgrade technology across the school,” Dr Fairchild said. 

“By upgrading our technology and further developing our work-ready programs, we aim to give the students skills they can take into the workplace.”

Earlier this week, Minister Lawler announced the Territory Government will roll out the first year of the Building Better Schools program in Budget 17, to provide every Territory school with $300,000 for upgrades and refurbishments over the next four years.

Eight schools in the Katherine region will benefit in the first round of $300,000 grants.

“Our boost to school funding and infrastructure will support students with extra teaching staff and new school facilities to achieve their full potential and create local jobs,’ Ms Lawler said. 

“I am proud to be part of a Government who are investing in the future of Territory children and their education.” 

Media contact: Emmanuelle Clarke 0428 497 154