Budget 2009 building Territory skills and improving education outcomes
Australian Labor Party
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Education; Schools; Budgets
Northern Territory Government
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Northern Territory Government
Works are continuing on the $54.5 million Rosebery Primary School and Middle School in Palmerston with completion in time for the 2011 school year. The Commonwealths Nation Building and Jobs Plan will provide all Territory primary schools with a new hall, library or classrooms. The Territory and Commonwealth Governments will work together to improve education and infrastructure under the Nation Building and Jobs Plan, providing: $91 million for the Primary Schools for the 21st Century initiative which will provide new libraries, classrooms or multipurpose halls for primary and special schools; and $11 million for the National School Pride Program, under which every school will receive up to $200,000 for new or refurbishing work. ALICE SPRINGS YOUTH HUB AND MIDDLE SCHOOL Mr Henderson said the Territory Government will invest more than $15.6 million over the next four years to establish the Alice Springs Middle School and other elements of the Alice Springs Youth Action Plan. This includes investing $4.73 million as part of Budget 2009 for capital works at the Gillen and Anzac Hill Middle School campuses, Mr Hampton said. The formation of an Alice Springs Middle School, with the two campuses, is a key plank of the Alice Springs Youth Action Plan. The more than $15.6 million committed over the next four years will deliver: Refurbishment work at the Gillen campus (Alice Springs High) to support middle years schooling; Refurbishment work at the Anzac Hill campus, including a performing arts and music centre; Work at Anzac Hill campus to establish a Youth Hub, including a Police Youth Club; Construction of a 30-bed boarding facility; and Expanding emergency accommodation for young people at risk. IMPROVING LITERACY AND NUMERACY The Territory Government will work with the Commonwealth to improve literacy and numeracy. Budget 2009 provides: $14.2 million for schools in low socio-economic status communities for sustained and co-ordinated effort to improve educational outcomes; $4.76 million to develop and implement whole of school approaches to literacy and numeracy; $6.83 million to improve computer availability in all secondary schools;
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