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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Schools maintain focus on maintenance in new year

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Monday, January 23, 2012

    Schools maintain focus on maintenance in new year

    Students may have been on holidays but the work at Queensland’s state schools has continued during the summer holidays with about 1700 maintenance projects underway during the break.

    Education Minister Cameron Dick said a record $134.8 million maintenance budget this financial year had enabled Education Queensland to fast-track thousands of school projects.

    ”There has been a huge amount of activity at Queensland’s state schools since the State Budget was handed down, with more than 6700 maintenance jobs already identified for completion this financial year,” Mr Dick said.

    “Thousands more jobs will be scheduled over coming months.

    “While students and teachers downed tools for a well-earned break over the school holidays, maintenance workers took theirs up and have worked over the summer break.

    “Queensland’s education system is incredibly decentralised with about 29,000 buildings spread across the state from Camooweal to Coolangatta, so keeping on top of it is a full-time job.

    “Every state school is inspected annually, with all urgent or safety-related matters attended to within 30 days.”

    Mr Dick said under the maintenance budget’s State School Investment Program, schools were able to source private contractors to carry out certain jobs.

    “So far 148 schools have committed to this program and have already selected more than $20 million worth of jobs for completion this financial year,” he said.

    “The work being carried out includes routine work such as painting, repairing floors and replacing worn and cracked paving around the school.

    “Examples include Kelvin Grove State College, which will invest $420,000 on school ground repairs, and Calamvale Community College, which will spend $85,000 on replacing carpet and tennis court fencing.

    "The State School Investment Program builds on more than half a billion dollars spent on maintaining state schools over the past five years.

    “The School Rejuvenation Program is also delivering an additional $12 million worth of priority maintenance work this financial year, including painting, floor and roof repairs and high priority filtration works in swimming pools.”

    Mr Dick said the Queensland Government was committed to ensuring students continued to study in first class facilities.

    "We have 1237 state schools in Queensland with an estimated $222 million worth of maintenance jobs on the books over the next two financial years,” he said.

    “The record maintenance budget this year will allow us to keep on top of this big job.”

    Media contact: Office of Education and Industrial Relations Minister 3237 1000
    23 January 2012