Dubbo Christian School receives $500,000 capital grant

GRANT: Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham meets with Member for Parkes Mark Coulton who has announced a $500,000 grant for Dubbo Christian School. Photo: Contributed.
GRANT: Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham meets with Member for Parkes Mark Coulton who has announced a $500,000 grant for Dubbo Christian School. Photo: Contributed.

Dubbo Christian School is getting $500,000 from the federal government’s Capital Grants Program to develop a technology centre.

Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton announced the grant this week.

He said the school also planned to refurbish and repurpose existing spaces to create a general learning area and a visual arts room.

"This funding will contribute to the overall project cost of more than $2.55 million," Mr Coulton said.

"It also covers professional fees, site development costs, special services costs, external infrastructure, furniture, fixtures and fittings.

“While buildings alone do not make a school, students and the whole local community will benefit from using these new facilities."

Mr Coulton said the technology centre would provide general and specialist learning areas for woodwork, metalwork and computer aided design, as well as a staffroom, amenities and storage for materials and student major works.

Federal Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham reports that the Capital Grants Program provides “vital funds” for non-government schools to upgrade facilities such as classrooms, laboratories and libraries.

"We're overhauling Australia's schools funding system and boosting investment by an average of $2370 per student or $25.3 billion across the whole system so students with the greatest needs get the greatest level of resources,” he said.

The government reports that capital grants are in addition to funding provided by state and territory governments, non-government school authorities and school communities, which are “responsible for providing and maintaining non-government school facilities”.