Nov 5, 2009

New facilities for The John Berne School in Lewisham

New facilities for The John Berne School funded under historic school modernisation program

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

November 5 2009

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP today attended the official opening of the refurbishment of the multi-purpose hall and associated works at The John Berne School in his electorate of Grayndler built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER). The John Berne School received $50,000 under the National School Pride and $250,000 under the Primary Schools for the 21st Century elements of BER.

BER is a key element of the Rudd Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long-term.

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP congratulated The John Berne School on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.

‘We have reached the next exciting phase in Building the Education Revolution,’ said the Hon Anthony Albanese MP.

‘It has been fantastic to see local principals, parents and tradespeople working together to deliver these important projects. Now that they are completed, teachers and students in our local schools will be teaching and learning in the 21st century facilities that they so richly deserve.’

NSP has delivered $1.2 billion to 9 501 eligible schools in every state and territory for minor infrastructure and refurbishment.

P21 has delivered $14.1 billion to 7 962 eligible primary schools in every state and territory for major new infrastructure.

‘It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of this refurbished multi-purpose hall and facilities and to witness first hand, the impact this has had on this school and the broader community. I am also delighted to announce that this particular project has employed 71 people in fourteen different companies. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,’ said the Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Further information about this project and all schools funded is available at or at:

Anthony speaking at the opening of the hall


Anthony with Br Darren Burge, the principal of the John Berne School, in the school’s renovated foyer.