Schools in need of repair: MLA

Education Minister Peter Collier.
Education Minister Peter Collier.

According to the 2013 Building Condition Assessment report, $135 million is needed to fix run down facilities at WA public schools.

Mr Johnston said of that, close to $1.5 million was needed to repair schools in the Cannington electorate.

‘As an example, Brookman Primary School needs $183,975 and Beckenham Primary School which is nearly 101 years old needs $174,841 of maintenance urgently,’ Mr Johnston said.

‘The physical environment that children learn in is important and school staff should be able to work in well maintained schools.

‘Schools do the best they can with the money they receive to maintain the buildings and P&Cs work hard to raise money to improve school facilities, but the Barnett Government has failed to clear the maintenance backlog at WA schools.’

Education Minister Peter Collier said the outstanding maintenance bill, estimated at $135.7 million, was down from $146 million in 2010.

‘Like any property owner, there’s always something that needs to be done. When you’re working with 800 schools, that’s magnified enormously,’ Mr Collier said.

He said $474,000 had been spent on maintenance at Brookman Primary since July 2011 and $219,000 at Beckenham Primary in the same period.

‘Neither of these two schools has any outstanding safety issues,’ Mr Collier said.

‘There are outstanding painting and appearance problems, which will be addressed as part of the ongoing maintenance program.’

About $93 million will be spent on public school maintenance during 2013-14. During 2014-15, $440.3 million has been allocated for public school capital works.