School bo­nanza

State funds for up­grades and maintenanc­e

Cockburn Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Aaron Cor­lett

ATWELL Pri­mary School will be able to re­place de­mount­able class­rooms and spruce up their per­ma­nent rooms with new car­pets, a lick of paint and ceil­ing re­pairs af­ter snar­ing more than $1 million in the State Govern­ment’s school maintenanc­e cash splash an­nounced this week.

ATWELL Pri­mary School is one of the big win­ners from the State Govern­ment’s $200 million maintenanc­e blitz.

The Ly­don Boule­vard-based school will be get­ting $1.38 million to re­place trans­portable class­rooms and for class­room up­grades, in­clud­ing new car­pets, paint­ing and ceil­ing re­pairs.

Other lo­cal schools to re­ceive fund­ing in­clude John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts ($961,000), Lake­land Se­nior High School ($886,000), South Lake Pri­mary School ($483,000) and White Gum Val­ley Pri­mary School ($367,000).

John Curtin prin­ci­pal Mitchell Mackay said the money would pay for up­grades to toi­lets and electrics, as well as ren­o­va­tions and re­paint­ing work in the cam­pus’s older build­ings.

Ev­ery school will share in $35 million to ad­dress maintenanc­e items or iden­ti­fied mi­nor works listed in Build­ing Con­di­tion As­sess­ment re­ports.

Schools will be en­cour­aged to use lo­cal con­trac­tors to de­liver th­ese works through the State Govern­ment’s Di­rect to Mar­ket frame­work.

The re­main­ing $165 million of fund­ing is al­lo­cated to schools for other tar­geted maintenanc­e works, up­grades or re­fur­bish­ment.

Education and Train­ing Min­is­ter Sue Ellery said the fund­ing pack­age was one of the big­gest sin­gle in­vest­ments into WA schools.

“We want to im­prove all pub­lic schools in Western Aus­tralia so stu­dents are learn­ing in in­spir­ing mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties,” she said.

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