Federal Labor pledges $19 million for Stirling schools

491254p: Federal Labor Party deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, Stirling candidate Melita Markey and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman. Picture: Kristie Lim
491254p: Federal Labor Party deputy leader Tanya Plibersek, Stirling candidate Melita Markey and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman. Picture: Kristie Lim

FEDERAL Labor candidate for Stirling Melita Markey has committed to funding $19 million over three years for schools in the area, if elected.

Ms Markey joined Federal Labor Party deputy leader Tanya Plibersek and Mirrabooka MLA Janine Freeman at Balga Senior High School today.

As part of the announcement, the school would receive $1.3 million towards teaching resources and a literacy program.

The Federal Election is likely to be held in May.

Ms Markey said Labor’s proposed Fair Go Schools funding for Stirling schools was much-needed.

“Stirling will be receiving over $19 million over the next three years if we are successful in winning government,” she said.

“$1.3million will be spent on teaching resources, helping students learn, a literacy program, maths programs in this school with over 60 nationalities.”

Ms Plibersek said the Federal Government’s $14 billion worth of school cuts across Australia was “distressing” and Labor had committed to restore the funding.

Meanwhile, Cowan MHR Anne Aly has promised $50,000 in funding for an outdoor learning area at Illawarra Primary School.

The outdoor leaning area will have a path or nature trail leading to a grassed amphitheatre.

Dr Aly said the area would give students the chance to explore and deepen their learning experiences.

“Illawarra Primary School has a wonderful student cohort, brilliant staff and a very active P and C, but to deliver the best education possible they need the best facilities,” she said.