Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Summer spruce-up in school maintenance blitz

    9/12/2015 1:40 PM
     
    • Extra $33.8 million for school maintenance
    • Hundreds of schools to get new roofs, paint, carpets and courts

    About 300 public schools across the State will benefit from an extra $30 million for maintenance and upgrades.

     

    Education Minister Peter Collier said some of the work would see roofs replaced, ovals fitted with automatic reticulation, modern extraction systems installed in workshops, classrooms refurbished, and food technology studios upgraded.

     

    "Maintenance of our schools, a multibillion dollar asset, is ongoing and this funding is in addition to the budget allocated every year to continually improve and upgrade facilities," Mr Collier said.

     

    "It is important for this work to be done to ensure students and staff in schools have the highest possible quality facilities for teaching and learning."

     

    The money became available thanks to budget savings by the Department of Education.

     

    "Through careful management and prioritisation of projects, there is capacity this year to increase maintenance work in schools," the Minister said.

     

    Mr Collier said work would be completed over the next six to eight months.

     

    "Included in this package of works is an extension of the very popular shade sails and playground equipment in schools program," he said.

     

    "This successful program has so far seen students in 327 schools benefit.  Now students in a further 60 schools will have sun safe areas and exciting playgrounds for physical activities."

     

    Fact File

    • The investment means more than $170 million will be spent on WA public school maintenance in 2015-16
    • There are 799 public schools across Western Australia
    • The 2015-16 Department of Education budget is $4.8 billion, up 6.5% from last financial year

    Minister's office - 6552 6300