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Students and staff at Mt Maria College in the electorate of Dickson will have full use of new Hospitality Facilities and Library thanks to funding from the Turnbull Government. 

The Member for Dickson Peter Dutton officially opened the new facility in Petrie today on behalf of the Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham.

"It was great to visit Mt Maria College and see the new facilities firsthand and the impact they will have on students’ learning potential,” Mr Dutton said. 

The Turnbull Government provided $484,220 in funding from the Capital Grants Program, which provides funding for non-government schools to improve capital infrastructure where they otherwise may not have access to sufficient capital resources. 

Mr Dutton said students and the whole school community would benefit from these new facilities. 

“These new learning spaces take into account the latest in education research and will see students learn more effectively.” 

“The Turnbull Government is also investing an additional $23.4 billion in Australia’s schools through the Gonski needs-based funding plan that will ensure students who need the most support, get the most support as quickly as possible.” 

“We’re delivering the real Gonski needs-based funding that Labor distorted with 27 special arrangements with states, territories and sectors.” 

The Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Government’s recurrent funding growth will be tied to a range of evidence-based initiatives to support students by focusing on outcomes in literacy, numeracy and STEM subjects, helping lift teacher quality and better preparing our children for life after school. 

“While buildings alone do not make a great school, I hope students and staff will enjoy learning and be inspired by these new facilities,” Senator Birmingham said. 

“The Turnbull Government is committed to improving the quality of our schools and equipping students with the skills they need to succeed in an increasingly competitive world.”

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