Federal Member for Blaxland and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice, Jason Clare MP, today visited St Euphemia College in Bankstown to congratulate them on being awarded $323,000 under the Gillard Government’s Secure Schools Program.
The funding was announced earlier this year by Mr Clare in his capacity as Minister for Home Affairs and Minister for Justice Jason Clare.
“Parents have the right to expect their children will be safe at school,” Mr Clare said.
“That’s why the Federal Government is providing this funding.”
St Euphemia College is one of 32 schools across Australia to receive funding.
Mr Clare said the safety upgrade will make a big difference for the whole school community.
“St Euphemia College will use this funding for CCTV, fencing, intercom and Access Control,” Mr Clare said.
“The upgrades will give peace of mind to students and teachers as they get on with their day-to-day learning.
“I congratulate St Euphemia College for being awarded this funding and look forward to the completion of the upgrade.”
Schools were nominated by States and Territories and independent schools associations. They were then invited by the Australian Government to apply for funding, with the most urgent security needs selected.
The funding delivers on Labor’s commitment at the 2010 Federal election to allocate $15 million for security upgrades for at-risk schools. $10 million has been announced today for schools, with the remaining $5 million to be allocated to preschools.
This is the third round of funding under the Secure Schools program. The first two rounds provided $19.8 million for safety upgrades to 54 schools across Australia.
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