Senator Catryna Bilyk officially opened the new library and refurbished multipurpose and art area at The Cottage School in Bellerive built as part of the Australian Government’s Building the Education Revolution (BER).

The Cottage School received $915,000 under the National School Pride (NSP) program and Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element of the BER.

The BER is a key element of the Australian Government’s $42 billion Nation Building – Economic Stimulus Plan to support jobs, stimulate local economies and invest in important infrastructure for the long term.
Senator Bilyk congratulated The Cottage School on their new facilities and spoke of the benefit to both the school and local community.

“It has been a challenging time for the school community with students having to move off site during the construction phase but now that the project is complete, these 21st century facilities will help both students and staff in their daily activities,” said Senator Bilyk.

The $1.28 billion National School Pride (NSP) program is providing funding to more than 9,400 eligible schools in every state and territory for minor infrastructure and refurbishment.

The $14.1 billion Primary Schools for the 21st Century (P21) element is providing funding to over 7,900 eligible primary schools in every state and territory for major new infrastructure.
Senator Bilyk said the new facilities are not only a benefit to the school they are supporting stronger social networks and community cohesion.

“It is tremendous to be here today to celebrate the opening of the new library and refurbished multipurpose and art area, and to witness first hand the impact this has had on The Cottage School and the local community.
“Currently the new facilities are being used by groups for activities such as art, drama, craft and cooking,” said Senator Bilyk.
“I am also delighted that this particular project has supported the employment of 10 workers. This is what we strived to achieve – this is the essence of the Economic Stimulus Plan,” said Senator Bilyk.

Senator Bilyk also highlighted the fact that The Cottage School was established in 1975 with a grant by then Federal Labor Government to support ‘alternative’ schools.

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Senator Catryna Bilyk Labor Senator for Tasmania Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Cyber-Safety