Stuckey welcomes funding to ‘Fix Our Schools’

27 Mar 2013 12:00 PMJann Stuckey

27 March 2013

Member for Currumbin, Jann Stuckey MP has welcomed the Newman Government’s commitment to provide a further $100 million to revitalise Queensland state schools.

Ms Stuckey said the Fixing Our Schools Fund would target Queensland schools with the biggest maintenance backlogs and was on top of the $200 million committed in last year’s budget.

“Last year the Newman Government announced that it would spend $200 million to provide every state school in Queensland with up to $160,000 to fix existing maintenance issues inherited from the previous Labor Government,” Ms Stuckey said.

“Thanks to that funding 10 schools in Currumbin received a total of over $1 million to repair footpaths, replace carpet and repaint.  Coolangatta State School, Currumbin Community Farm Campus, Currumbin Community Special School, Currumbin Valley State School and Ingleside State School all had their maintenance backlog completely cleared with this original funding.

“The extra $100 million will see Currumbin State School, Elanora State School, Elanora State High School, Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School and Tallebudgera State School receive the extra funding they need to clear their maintenance backlog.

Tallebudgera State School Principal Toni Robinson said their experience with the Fixing Our Schools Fund had been a positive one.

“So far we have completed work on repainting classrooms, replacing pavers and concrete, electrical repairs and plumbing repairs.  We have had contractors keen to quote for our work, good value for money and we have been satisfied with the quality of the work,” Ms Robinson said.

Ms Stuckey said the Newman Government would clear the maintenance backlogs of 700 Queensland state schools within a year.

“Not only has the Newman Government provided this funding but we have also made it easier for schools to get the job done by untying maintenance from QBuild and opening it to private providers,” he said.

“Early figures suggest that schools are finding efficiencies of up to 20 per cent. That’s five jobs for the price of four.

“This is just another example of the strides the Newman Government is taking in reducing red tape and making life easier for Queenslanders.

“The previous Labor Government had left Queensland state schools with a $292 million maintenance backlog that saw schools in Currumbin fall into disrepair.

“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.

“The Fixing Our Schools Fund will ensure Queensland remains a great state with great schools well into the future.”