Northern Territory Chief Minister Michael Gunner
Northern Territory Minister for Education Selena Uibo
$7.4 Million Ludmilla School Upgrade Opens
Victor P Taffa
Ludmilla Primary School students are enjoying revitalised classrooms and a brand-new play space thanks to the Northern Territory Government’s $7.4 Million upgrade of one of Darwin’s oldest schools.
“Jobs are the Territory Government’s number one priority and through our investment in major school infrastructure projects this financial year, we have supported more than 900 construction jobs right across the Territory.” Chief Minister Michael Gunner said.
“I am proud to be able to deliver this upgrade for the Ludmilla community, to a school that last year celebrated its 50-year anniversary, and will continue to serve the community for many years to come.”
Minister for Education Selena Uibo today officially opened the refurbished school buildings at the 50-year-old inner Darwin school, which includes 11 classrooms and 2 early learning areas.
“Territory Government knows quality infrastructure underpins quality learning and this upgrade of Ludmilla Primary School will meet the needs of students now and well into the future.” Minister for Education Selena Uibo said.
“Contemporary learning spaces and new classrooms, along with the new Early Learning Centre, will help children receive the best possible start towards a bright future.”
Upgrade is part of the Government’s investment in generational change, to improve long term education benefits for young Territorians.
Ludmilla works also included the installation of flood mitigation measures at the low-lying school, as well as a new play area for students.
In addition to the 11 brightly refurbished classrooms, the redevelopment incorporates a dedicated Early Learning Centre, which includes a pre-school with capacity for 44 children, a supported playgroup and Ludmilla’s popular Families as First Teacher (FaFT) site.
“This upgrade has provided our students with stunning contemporary learning environments equipped with the latest technology, to meet the needs of all learners.” Ludmilla Primary School Principal Carol Putica said.
“Our new Ludmilla Early Education Precinct (LEEP) provides an integrated area for preschools and our FaFT program and other services. This area is a delight to be in it, with strong connections to the natural world in its design and furnishings.”
FaFT, a key Territory Government early years program, currently operates at 39 sites across the Territory, largely in remote communities.
Ludmilla FaFT is one of the most popular sites, with 98 children enrolled.
Local builder PTM Group won the refurbishment tender and commenced work in June last year. The project supported 120 local construction jobs.