Funding to remove asbestos in school
Cobram and District Specialist School will have $5000 allocated to the removal of asbestos as part of an $85 million funding program as the next phase of the Victorian school asbestos removal program.
Acting Education Minister Jenny Mikakos this week announced the next 119 schools to undergo the removal of asbestos that may pose a risk in the future.
Under the program, $1.6 million will be invested to remove asbestos from schools around the state.
The program of works will start during the current school holidays and 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 government undertook an extensive, statewide audit of 1712 government schools, which found 497 schools contained high-risk asbestos.
This high-risk asbestos was removed from all of these schools by March 2016.
‘‘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,’’ Ms Mikakos said.