New science laboratory for Warakirri College, Fairfield

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today officially opened the new science laboratory at Warakirri College in Fairfield.

Students and staff at Warakirri College now have full use of the new science laboratory. The Australian Government invested $150,000 under the Capital Grants Programme towards the project.

Senator Payne attended the opening on behalf of Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training.

“I was delighted to visit Warakirri College and see first-hand how these new facilities will benefit students and teachers at the school,” Senator Payne said.

“The new science laboratory - combined with the dedication and guidance of the teachers - will help students develop skills that will be in high demand as we grow Western Sydney’s economy into the future.

“The Australian Government is committed to putting science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the heart of school education. It is critical to our nation’s future that more students study science and maths subjects.”

The Australian Government is contributing a record $69.5 billion to government, independent and Catholic schools over the budget and forward estimates – this represents a $4.1 billion, or 27.9 per cent, increase between 2014–15 and 2018–19.

As well as delivering increased funding, the Australian Government is focusing on quality and choice for schools.

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

“The Australian 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.”

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