The Coalition Government has doubled the financial assistance available to non-government schools impacted by drought to support students and their families.
Member for Parkes Mark Coulton said four independent schools in his electorate will share in $567,362 to continue to help families impacted by the drought.
The schools include Carinya Christian School (Gunnedah), Narromine Christian School, Macquarie Anglican Grammar School (Dubbo) and The Central West Leadership Academy (Dubbo).
“In times of drought, it’s essential we ensure that our children continue to receive a world-class education,” Mr Coulton said.
“We need to remember that the drought won’t end just because it rains – there are communities right around the Parkes electorate that continue to do it tough due to the dry conditions.
“Our Government is doubling our financial support to a total of $20 million to assist non-government schools facing financial difficulty as a result of the drought.
“Local schools in the Parkes electorate, as well as boarding schools, have been assisting families impacted by the drought by offering fee relief and additional support.
“Our Government is taking action to back those schools through the Special Circumstances Fund, so they can continue to help families impacted by the drought.”
Mr Coulton said local Catholic schools will share in more than $2.8 million in New South Wales allocated funding to be provided through the Catholic education authority.
Drought support for public schools is being administered by the State and Territory Governments.
Special Circumstances Funds are expected to reach school authorities in the coming weeks. For more information, see www.education.gov.au/201920-drought-relief-funding-non-government-schools
Photo Caption: Member for Parkes Mark Coulton at the official opening of the middle school precinct at Carinya Christian School Gunnedah last year.