$135 million maintenance backlog at WA schools

September 1st, 2014 by: Kwinana Electorale Office

Fast facts:

$135 million of maintenance at WA public schools
Hundreds of schools are in dire need of fixing up
Many are still waiting for work that was identified back in 2011
Leda Primary School needs $294,038.42 of maintenance urgently

A State Government audit has found $135 million is needed to fix run down facilities at WA public schools.

The 2013 Building Condition Assessment report (BCA) revealed hundreds of schools are in need of urgent maintenance issues.

$1,107,224.49 is needed to fix up schools in the Kwinana electorate.

The physical environment that children learn in is important and school staff should be able to work in well maintained schools.

Schools do the best they can with the money they receive to maintain the buildings and P&Cs work hard to raise money to improve school facilities, but the Barnett Government has failed to clear the maintenance backlog at WA schools.

“The Barnett Government is too busy spending money on its pet projects rather than investing in our schools.

“Some of the maintenance work detailed in the report should be a priority because of the potential risk to health and safety.

“The Barnett Government has failed to keep up with maintenance at our schools and it is our students who have to pay the price for this neglect.

“The WA Government needs to get its priorities right and should be investing in education.”

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