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    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Maintaining state schools for the future

    Minister for Education and Training and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Rod Welford

    Tuesday, June 03, 2008

    Maintaining state schools for the future

    The Bligh Government is investing in Queensland education for the long term, with record spending on school maintenance in this year’s state budget.

    Education and Training Minister Rod Welford today announced an extra $100 million over two years for the maintenance of state schools.

    Mr Welford revealed that the money was the single biggest funding injection into maintenance of Queensland schools in the state’s history.

    “We have 22,000 buildings to maintain across the state so its imperative that we keep up with vital repairs and improvements,” he said.

    Mr Welford said that almost half a million students now attended Queensland state schools.

    “Over the last 10 years numbers have grown by almost six per cent, and we only expect that to continue, particularly in the south-east corner.

    “That’s why the Bligh Government is committed to ensuring our students and teachers work in a comfortable environment.

    “It’s imperative we have safe and comfortable school classrooms and recreational areas for them to use.”

    Mr Welford said that many of Queensland’s state schools were now more than 100 years old.

    “Any-one who has owned an historic Queenslander knows that maintenance is always on-going – and it’s always expensive,” he said.

    “Queensland’s unrelenting growth places even more pressure on our older buildings and facilities, so this massive funding boost will make a real difference.

    “Education Queensland’s overall maintenance budget this year totals $135.8 million – an increase of more than $50 million on last year’s figure through the Tomorrow Schools Initiative,” Mr Welford said.

    “We are a future-focused government and our students are the future of Queensland.”

    Media contact: Marnie Stitz on 3237 1000 or 0419 734 985