Students to Benefit from Maintenance Backlog Funding
The Newman Government are delivering on their election commitment to revitalize frontline services, with the announcement of the second round of the $300 million commitment to revitalise Queensland state school facilities.
Member for Pine Rivers, Mr Seath Holswich, said the investment was part of the Advancing Our Schools Maintenance Fund, targeting school maintenance backlogs.
"Thanks to the latest round of funding 16 schools in Pine Rivers and Kallangur will receive an additional $1,692,252 to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint," he said.
"This second round of funding will go a long way towards clearing the maintenance backlog in all Queensland state schools."
Member for Kallangur, Mr Trevor Ruthenberg, said the Newman Government had also achieved efficiencies by allowing schools to have maintenance completed by local tradespeople instead of using QBuild.
"In some cases, schools are saving up to 20 per cent on maintenance work by allowing contractors to compete for the work. That's five jobs for the price of four, and it's giving local tradespeople work."
"This is just another example of the Newman Government reducing red tape and making life easier for Queenslanders."
Mr Ruthenberg said the previous Labor Government had left Queensland state schools with a $292 million maintenance backlog that saw schools in Kallangur and Pine Rivers fall into disrepair.
"Because of Labor's neglect school facilities in our region were left to decay," he said.
"Under the Newman Government, Queensland schools will once again be a place of pride for students to learn, teachers to teach and communities to gather."
"Our investment will ensure Queensland remains a great state with great schools well into the future."
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