A re-elected Coalition Government will commit $8.3 million to fund upgrades to Yipirinya School in Alice Springs, including the construction of four fully enclosed cottages for on-site student accommodation to make it easier for children to attend school.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said the new accommodation would save students travelling between 100 kilometres and 280 kilometres via bus to and from school each day. The funding will also allow the school to install undercover outdoor areas, play equipment and sports facilities.
“The Coalition Government strongly supports regional Australia and understands the challenges of distance in remote areas – this funding gives more students the opportunity to attend school for face-to-face learning,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
Country Liberal Party candidate for the Senate Jacinta Price said the announcement will have a profound effect on the Yipirinya School community.
“The significant investment from the Coalition government towards the school will promote educational outcomes and staff wellbeing by providing quality, safe accommodation,” Ms Price said.
“Not only will this funding assist in addressing a shortage of accommodation in Alice Springs, it will also help Yipirinya attract and retain team members.
“Yipirinya School is an important educational facility for the local Alice Springs region and is the only one of its type in Australia to teach four Aboriginal languages.”
Only the Coalition Government will continue to deliver a better future for regional communities as part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.