House debates

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Statements by Members

Schools: Local Schools Community Fund

1:34 pm

Photo of Melissa McIntoshMelissa McIntosh (Lindsay, Liberal Party) Share this | | Hansard source

People in Lindsay and in Western Sydney want to know how the Morrison government is creating the jobs of the future for our children and preparing young Australians to enter these emerging industries. This is a process which starts at the foundation of educating our kids in high-quality facilities, providing the resources they need in the classroom and on the sporting field, and ensuring we are supporting their mental health. The Morrison government is providing record funding for Australian schools, and we will increase funding for all primary and secondary schools—on average, 62 per cent for every student.

The Local Schools Community Fund is another initiative to contribute to improving the education of our young Australians. We are investing $30.2 million in the Local Schools Community Fund because we know how important it is to look after our children during their time at school and prepare them for the future beyond. Local schools in Lindsay will be able to apply for funding from $1,000 to $20,000 to go towards a project that will benefit students and the school community. Making sure children in Lindsay have access to the resources they need—from a stock library and new computer facilities to safe playground equipment and counselling services—is integral to our commitment to help students get the best educational experience. The local students who have visited me in parliament were excited to know what we are working on in Lindsay, and I'm pleased that we are investing in them.