Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Hon Peter Collier BA DipEd MLC

Former Minister for Education; Aboriginal Affairs; Electoral Affairs

    Multimillion dollar maintenance for public schools

    29/01/2016 10:00 AM
    • Extra $15.66 million for school maintenance
    • School maintenance spend now more than $170 million in 2015-16

    More than 300 public schools will receive extra maintenance work under a multimillion dollar top-up program.


    Education Minister Peter Collier said maintenance would be done at schools from Albany and Esperance in the south, to Halls Creek and Wyndham in the north.


    "A major part of the program is the professional assessment of ceilings at more than 320 schools - with repairs or replacement to follow if needed," Mr Collier said.


    "We are bringing in experts to carry out the assessments proactively to avoid problems in the future."


    The Minister said another area of the program would see surfaces on basketball and netball courts and other sporting areas repaired to prevent children tripping as they played.


    "More than 30 schools are benefiting from upgraded playing areas so children can be active and safe," he said.


    The $15.66 million covers:

    • assessment and remediation/replacement of classroom ceilings ($11.40 million)
    • repairs to paving and re-sealing of bitumen play areas ($3 million)
    • replacement of cable pits and millboard containing asbestos ($1.26 million).

    Fact File

    Minister's office - 6552 6300