Schools to Benefit from Maintenance Boost
Teachers and students will be the winners with this week's $200 million budget commitment to fix urgent school maintenance issues, local MPs said today.
Mr Seath Holswich has applauded the decision that will allow state school Parents and Citizens Associations to apply for up to $160,000 per school to fix existing priority maintenance issues under the two-year Advancing Our Schools Maintenance Fund.
"It is a sad reality that as school facilities get older, they require more money to maintain."
"This additional boost to school maintenance funds will be a fantastic opportunity for schools to start tackling outstanding maintenance issues."
Ms Kylie Smith, Principal of Lawnton State School, was pleased to hear about the additional funding.
"Any additional funds that can contribute towards further improving our school facilities are certainly welcomed."
"These improvements will certainly enhance the learning experience for students and staff at Lawnton State School".
To qualify for the funding P&Cs will be asked to obtain three quotes from professionals to submit with their application. The Government will also ask P&Cs and schools to contribute to the maintenance task if they have funds to do so.
"This approach is about empowering local school communities and reflects our belief that a government bureaucracy, no matter how well intentioned, does not always know what is most important for a local school," Mr Trevor Ruthenberg added.
$100 million would be made available in 2012-13 and a further $100 million would be made available in 2013-14.
"This is a significant investment in the future of our students," Mr Holswich said.
"This Budget commitment takes giant strides in clearing the maintenance backlog, by empowering P&Cs to identify and tackle projects of most significance to their students."
All of the 1239 state schools in Queensland would be able to apply for the same level of funding.
Non-Government schools will also benefit from the LNP's $86.25 million election commitment to build better school infrastructure.
"This is a Budget that delivers for Queensland's future - not only by setting Queensland's finances on the road to recovery, but also by investing in the state," Mr Ruthenberg said.
"The Newman Government is committed to ensuring all Queensland students have a quality education experience, and this budget will take us a step closer to reaching this goal."