- Schools to be safer with maintenance funding boost
- Investment takes total school maintenance spend to more than $170 million in 2015-16 across WA.
Schools across Warren-Blackwood will be improved with a major maintenance program announced today by the State Government.
Member for Warren-Blackwood, Terry Redman, said local schools would have ceilings inspected and some playing courts repaired.
“Professional assessment of ceilings will be done at local schools, with repairs or replacement to follow if needed,” Mr Redman said.
The high priority safety program has already approved work to be undertaken at Augusta, Balingup, Bridgetown, Denmark, Karridale, Margaret River, Northcliffe and Walpole schools,” Mr Redman said.
“We are bringing in experts to carry out the assessments to avoid problems in the future.”
Mr Redman also said surfaces on basketball and netball courts and other play areas would be repaired or even replaced to prevent children tripping as they played.
The program is worth $15.66 million across the state, and includes:
- assessment and remediation/replacement of classroom ceilings ($11.40 million);
- repairs to paving and re-sealing of bitumen play areas ($3 million); and
- replacement of cable pits and millboard containing asbestos ($1.26 million).
It is anticipated the works will be completed by mid this year.
For more information about school facilities see www.education.wa.edu.au.