Dan Tehan, Member for Wannon today officially opened the Junior Learning Centre at Tarrington Lutheran School in the Southern Grampians Shire.

Students and staff at Tarrington Lutheran School now have full use of two new general learning areas and student amenities and an upgraded fire service. The Turnbull Government provided $250,000 in funding from the Capital Grants Program.

‘It was fabulous to be back visiting Tarrington Lutheran School and seeing the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have,’ Mr Tehan said.

 ‘These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and the school community will benefit from using the new facilities’.

The Turnbull Government is providing higher levels of school funding than ever before – a record $73.9 billion in total Commonwealth funding over the forward estimates in all states and territories.

Nationally that represents funding growth from a record $16.1 billion this year to $20.2 billion in 2020, all to be allocated based on need.

Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training said the Coalition’s funding growth is sustainable but will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focussing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school.

‘While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Minister Birmingham said.

‘The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world’.

Minister Birmingham is responsible for the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources.

 Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 03 5572 1100 or 0408 564 232

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