Labor Member for Grayndler Anthony Albanese today opened a refurbished classroom block at St Francis Xavier Primary School in Ashbury, built as part of the Gillard Labor Government’s response to the global financial crisis.
The work involved new classrooms being added to the building and existing classrooms being refurbished to improve natural ventilation and light.
Also included in the project is a large bank of solar panels and a rainwater tank which is used for staff and student toilets.
Mr Albanese said he was impressed by the environmental aspects of the work done.
“The goal of this plan was to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term,” said Mr Albanese.
“The team here at St Francis Xavier have added energy and water efficiency into the equation as well.”
The project was funded by a $1,450,000 grant from the Building the Education Revolution (BER) and around 17 jobs were supported during the construction period.
“Right now, there are projects like this opening in schools across the country. This is why Australia has managed to stay out of recession,” said Mr Albanese.