MEDIA RELEASE - Local school commitments delivered

  • Media Release

Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, today announced that funding for three local schools under the Schools Upgrade Fund has been delivered by the Albanese Labor Government.

Successful projects in the Newcastle electorate under the Targeted Round are:

  • Belair Public School will receive $31,150 for playground upgrades
  • Heaton Public School will receive $50,000 to upgrade the creative play space
  • Mayfield West Demonstration School will receive $50,000 for air conditioning and air ventilation.

Ms Claydon said the funding for these commitments has now been confirmed and will be provided to the schools in coming weeks.

“We committed to funding for these important school upgrades – and we’ve delivered,” Ms Claydon said.

“This is terrific news for these schools – especially for their students.

“It means better equipment and facilities to help them learn and play in a top-class environment.

“I’m so proud of our local schools and students. Everyone has had a tough couple of years and this funding is part of our efforts to help them bounce back.”

The funding is part of the $270 million Schools Upgrade Fund which is being rolled-out by the Albanese Labor Government to boost school infrastructure for students, especially to combat the impacts of the pandemic.

Ms Claydon also encouraged local schools to apply for funding for projects under the open grant round.   

“The open grant round is worth $32 million and will be invested in things like new laptops and iPads, classroom upgrades and outdoor learning areas,” Ms Claydon said.

“I encourage all schools in Newcastle to apply.”

Funding will go to schools most in need towards small-scale projects worth up to $25,000 to create healthier and safer learning environments and help students get back on track after disruptions caused by COVID.

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