School health alert

Stirling Times - - Front Page - Kristie Lim

MOULD dam­age has been found at eight schools this year, with works cur­rently be­ing car­ried out at Kar­rinyup Pri­mary School.

The Stir­ling Times has ob­tained a list of af­fected schools from the Ed­u­ca­tion Depart­ment.

Is­sues at Har­mony, Ap­ple­cross, Ros­trata, Atwell, Cottesloe and Bram­field pri­mary schools have been rec­ti­fied fol­low­ing work com­pleted this year, rang­ing from mi­nor re­pairs to re­moval of af­fected trans­portable class­rooms.

Work has been com­pleted on 18 class­rooms to ad­dress mould con­cerns, with re­me­di­a­tion un­der way at Kar­rinyup PS.

In­fra­struc­ture ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Fis­cher said since 2008, more than $60 mil­lion had been spent on roof re­place­ments at al­most 200 schools.

“I’m aware the flat-roof de­sign of schools built in the ’70s and ’80s is not ideal and they will need re­place­ment,” he said.

“Cur­rently only two class­rooms are closed with re­me­di­a­tion works to be com­pleted over sum­mer.”

State School Teach­ers’ Union of WA pres­i­dent Pat Byrne said there needed to be a sys­tem­atic plan to en­sure older in­fra­struc­ture was up­dated be­fore it be­came a se­ri­ous risk.

“The ef­fects of mould spores can be as se­ri­ous as bronchial in­fec­tions, pneu­mo­nia and other chronic lung con­di­tions,” she said. “Nei­ther stu­dents nor teach­ers should be sub­jected to th­ese risks.”

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