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Building Better Schools through the holiday break

A further five Building Better Schools projects will be completed over the Christmas break giving students and teachers a nice present to return to in Term 1, 2018.

This builds on the nine Territory schools that now have new and improved school facilities since the program rolled out in mid-2017.

Minister for Education Eva Lawler visited Sanderson Middle School today to examine the school’s science laboratories which have been cleared-out ready to be upgraded over the holiday period.

“The Building Better Schools program was a key election commitment to provide $300,000 to every Territory school for improvements and upgrades to educational facilities,” Ms Lawler said.

“However, the program isn’t only about enhancing schools for Territory students, it provides a welcome $56 million boost to the economy over a four year period by providing job opportunities for local businesses, not to mention the flow-on effect of materials and staffing.

“With work now flowing steadily, a further thirteen of the fifty four Round 1 projects are expected to commence construction in the first quarter of 2018, with further construction in schools across the Territory throughout the year.

“That’s nearly $16 million worth of government funding flowing straight into schools and Territory business during Round 1 of the program.

“The Territory Labor Government knows our children and young people need to be prepared for the jobs of the future. That’s why we have a strong focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) so to see
this funding used to build new science facilities is very exciting.”

Principal of Sanderson Middle School Liz Veel said quality infrastructure was important to meet the needs of students now and into the future.

“By upgrading the science labs at Sanderson Middle School, we will be able to continue to educate and support our students in the area of STEM,” Ms Veel said.

“At Sanderson Middle School, we want our students to be the solvers of future problems and to practice solving these problems in our science labs
by being hands-on and using new technologies.”

The successful tenderer for the works at Sanderson Middle School is Scope Building NT, with works to commence this coming Monday.

Expressions of interest for Round 2 of Building Better Schools closed last week and the next round of successful schools will be announced in May 2018.

Media Contact: Jake Hauritz – 0478 128 268