Federal Government to provide $6.2m for Jewish schools

April 27, 2010 Agencies
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Minister for Home Affairs Brendan O’Connor today announced 14 Jewish schools across the country will receive $6,278,810 total funding under the Australian Government’s $20 million Secure Schools Program.

Brendan O'Connor

The funding assists schools with increased security measures aimed at better protecting students, teachers and support staff.

“The Government is serious about providing a safe learning environment in Australian schools and the funding announced today will ensure that those students most at risk can study in a safe and secure environment, free from danger,” Mr O’Connor said.

The schools receiving funding include:

  • • Adass Israel School for CCTV, window protection and a security system
  • • Bialik College for improved boundary security
  • • Carmel School for improved boundary security and lighting
  • • Emanuel School for improved boundary security and CCTV
  • • Kesser Torah College for improved boundary security
  • • The King David School for window protection, CCTV and access control measures
  • • Leibler Yavneh College for fencing, CCTV, lighting and a security system
  • • Masada College for improved boundary security
  • • Moriah War Memorial College for CCTV and improved boundary security
  • • Mount Sinai College for improved boundary security
  • • Mount Scopus Memorial College for lighting, CCTV, and access control measures
  • • Sholem Aleichem College for fencing, CCTV and gates
  • • Yeshivah Beth Rivkah Colleges Inc for access control measures, fencing, gates, and CCTV
  • • Yesodei HaTorah College for gates and access control measures.

The Australian Government has committed $20 million over four years under the Secure Schools Program to assist at-risk government and non-government schools to meet their particular security needs.

In 2009 more than $8 million was shared amongst 29 schools across Australia. Of that, more than $5.6 million went to 16 Jewish schools.

Mr O’Connor said all children had the right to feel safe at all times and safety for all school children was a priority for the government.

“The funding announced today is part of a program of assistance to schools most at risk, and will help these schools address the security issues that affect them and their students,”
Mr O’Connor said.

“The Rudd Government will continue to work with schools to improve security and provide peace of mind for parents, students and teachers.”

The Minister will also be making Secure Schools funding announcements for other states and territories.

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