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B2004/27 - $500,000 IN FEDERAL FUNDS FOR YEPPOON STATE HIGH SCHOOL

Yeppoon State High School students and staff will receive $500,000 from the
Australian Government to help upgrade its Special Education Unit, the Leader of The Nationals in the Senate, Ron Boswell, announced today.

The building project is expected to be completed by 28 February 2005. The State Government will contribute $100,000 towards the project.

“The Australian Government places great importance on the need to develop and
maintain school infrastructure and this new facility will help the school provide the
best possible learning environment for Yeppoon students,” Senator Boswell said.

He said the grant is made possible through the Government’s Capital Grants
Programme for Schools which is designed to improve the educational outcomes of educationally disadvantaged students.

In 2004, around $241 million will be allocated nationally to capital projects in
government schools.

Between 2001 and 2004, the Australian Government will provide around $25.2
billion in direct funding to schools and school students.

“This follows the Australian Government’s commitment to a strong and effective
school system, maximising opportunities for young Australians, regardless of where
they live,” Senator Boswell said.

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