Fund­ing to re­move as­bestos in school

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 -

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.

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