Schools made safer

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Stu­dents across the district will soon be safe from as­bestos, with the toxic sub­stance set to be re­moved from a num­ber of lo­cal schools.

Avenel, Nagam­bie, Broad­ford, Pya­long and Tal­la­rook pri­mary schools have been al­lo­cated a com­bined $43 000 in fund­ing through the Vic­to­rian School As­bestos Re­moval Pro­gram.

The as­bestos re­moval started dur­ing the school hol­i­days and will be com­pleted by early next year. Works to be car­ried out in­clude re­mov­ing as­bestos from cab­i­nets and safes along with the re­moval and re­in­state­ment of some ce­ment sheet ceil­ings, walls and eaves.

The Vic­to­rian Gov­ern­ment un­der­took an ex­ten­sive, state-wide au­dit of 1712 gov­ern­ment schools, which found 497 schools con­tained high-risk as­bestos.

This high-risk as­bestos was re­moved from all those schools by March last year.

‘‘We are de­liv­er­ing on our prom­ise and re­mov­ing as­bestos from more Vic­to­rian schools,’’ act­ing Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Jenny Mikakos said.

‘‘There’s noth­ing more im­por­tant than the health and safety of our kids and we are get­ting on with the job of rid­ding schools of this harm­ful prod­uct.’’

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