Standing up for Canberra

New library and classrooms for St Jude's Primary

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, today officially opened the new library and classroom refurbishments at St Jude’s Primary School in Holder, built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution.

St Jude’s Primary School received $2,125,000 under the National School Pride program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century element of the BER.

The BER is a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long term.

Ms Brodtmann congratulated St Jude’s Primary School on its upgraded facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.

“It has been fantastic to see the principal, school staff, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects. Now that they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve,” Ms Brodtmann said.

The $1.28 billion National School Pride program is providing funding to more than 9400 eligible schools in every state and territory for minor infrastructure and refurbishment.

The $14.1 billion Primary Schools for the 21st Century element is providing funding to over 7900 eligible primary schools in every state and territory for major new infrastructure.

Ms Brodtmann said the refurbishments are not only a benefit to the school they are supporting stronger social networks and community cohesion.

“It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of the library and classroom refurbishments and to witness first-hand the impact this has had on St Jude’s Primary School and the local community,” said Ms Brodtmann.