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St. Euphemia College Gets $323,000 Grant

The Australian government is providing $323,000 dollars to St Euphemia Greek Orthodox College in Bankstown, New South Wales of Australia for safety upgrades under the third round of the Secure Schools program.

The Minister of Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare announced that the college will be one of 32 schools to receive grants under the program. “Parents have the right to expect their children will be safe at school,” he said.

“That’s why the Federal Government is providing this funding. The Secure Schools program provides schools with capital funding for safety infrastructure – such as fencing, closed-circuit television, bollards and improved lighting, ” he added.

“It is a targeted program aimed at schools at risk of racial, religious or ethnically motivated violence, property crime or harassment.” Schools were nominated by States and Territories and independent schools associations. They were then invited by the Australian Government to apply for funding, with the most urgent security needs selected.

“This funding delivers on our 2010 Federal election commitment, which allocated $15 million for security upgrades for at-risk schools. Today I have allocated $10 million out of the $15 million available. In this round I have also invited State and Territory Governments to nominate at-risk pre-schools to apply for funding. The remaining funds will be allocated to pre-schools, which will be announced in coming months,” Clare said. The first two rounds of the program provided $19.8 million for safety upgrades to 54 schools across Australia.

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