Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon today officially opened the new covered outdoor learning area and refurbished student amenities at St Joseph’s Primary School in Merriwa, built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).

St Joseph’s Primary School received $300,000 under the National School Pride (NSP) program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) 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.

Mr Fitzgibbon congratulated St Joseph’s Primary School on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.

‘We have now reached the next exciting phase in Building the Education Revolution,’ Mr Fitzgibbon said.

‘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 at St Joseph’s will be teaching and learning in 21st Century facilities that they so richly deserve.’

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

The $14.1 billion P21 element is providing funding to over 7900 eligible primary schools in every state and territory for major new infrastructure.

Mr Fitzgibbon said the new facilities 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 the new covered outdoor learning area and refurbished student amenities and to witness first hand, the impact this has had on St Joseph’s Primary School and the local community.

‘I am also delighted to announce that this particular project has supported the employment of twenty workers. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,’ Mr Fitzgibbon said.

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