MAINTENANCE BACKLOG OF REGION’S SCHOOLS SLASHED IN HALF

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

PUBLIC schools across the region have seen a huge $7.29 million improvement blitz, with new figures showing that dozens of roofing, flooring and painting projects have nearly halved the existing maintenance backlog.

Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall said the 18-month long works program had been undertaken by a NSW Government funded $200 million maintenance campaign.

“Our students deserve to learn in comfortable and well maintained facilities and this extensive works program is working to ensure our schools are of a high quality,” Mr Marshall said.

“From minor repainting to major roofing replacements, each improvement boosts student pride and helps the school focus on providing the best education possible.

“Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen Moree East Public School completely rebuilt and slash its maintenance backlog by $1.8 million, Armidale High School saw $1 million reduction and Ashford Central School’s backlog cut by $466,000.

“These substantial backlog reductions are just some of the 43 schools that have seen a reduced maintenance backlog in the Northern Tablelands since June 2016.

“With another $100 million allocated in last year’s budget, schools across the region will continue to see these backlog issues resolved over the coming months.

“This is in addition to the $1.2 million upgrade of Glen Innes High School, which will eliminate the backlog there, and the new $65 million future school for Armidale.

“This maintenance is as important as building new schools and the government is committed to addressing these long-term challenges, not putting off repairs year after year.”

The NSW Department of Education will this week release its latest audit showing its planned maintenance liability has been reduced from a projected $775 million at June 2016 to $570 million by the end of 2017 – a reduction of more than $200 million.

The latest audit is the first time since 2012 a full review of the condition of all schools has been completed.

The $747 million investment over four years in planned maintenance has already nearly halved the $1 billion school maintenance liability left behind by the previous government.

Planned maintenance is non-urgent, and occurs according to an ongoing schedule. Issues that impact safety or teaching are addressed immediately by the school or department.

 

SCHOOL               Maintenance liability:    June 2016 ($)   December 2017       Change

Moree East Public School         1,824,916                4,541 –           1,820,375
Armidale High School         1,801,825            785,368 –           1,016,458
Duval High School         1,226,026            271,298 –              954,728
Moree Public School            704,783            203,612 –              501,171
Ashford Central School            489,655              23,390 –              466,266
Drummond Memorial Public School            633,119            169,415 –              463,704
Uralla Central School            597,554            191,282 –              406,272
Warialda High School            334,832            106,439 –              228,393
Ross Hill Public School            326,662            103,539 –              223,123
Mungindi Central School            384,345            163,150 –              221,195
Bingara Central School            408,614            207,845 –              200,769
Moree Secondary College Albert St Campus            341,736            156,312 –              185,424
Macintyre High School            320,559            182,460 –              138,099
Bundarra Central School            280,747            156,172 –              124,575
Sandon Public School            161,639              49,852 –              111,787
Boggabilla Central School            248,241            144,964 –              103,277
Warialda Public School            178,497              88,473 –                90,024
Inverell Public School            178,890              93,435 –                85,456
Martins Gully Public School            105,263              28,211 –                77,052
Gravesend Public School              94,819              20,440 –                74,379
Glen Innes West Infants School              97,122              29,621 –                67,501
Toomelah Public School            101,402              37,023 –                64,379
Glen Innes Public School            745,454            685,947 –                59,507
Delungra Public School            114,545              55,257 –                59,287
North Star Public School              91,466              34,759 –                56,707
Kellys Plains Public School              84,990              30,851 –                54,139
Tulloona Public School              65,583              13,615 –                51,968
Pallamallawa Public School              85,407              38,792 –                46,615
Gilgai Public School              81,986              35,833 –                46,153
Bonshaw Public School              52,691                8,543 –                44,149
Wytaliba Public School              51,073                7,962 –                43,111
Boomi Public School              45,339                7,250 –                38,088
Ben Lomond Public School              46,372              10,598 –                35,775
Yetman Public School              56,365              35,521 –                20,844
Red Range Public School              39,064              20,618 –                18,445
Moree Secondary College Carol Av Campus            358,916            342,330 –                16,586
Inverell High School            457,576            441,089 –                16,487
Kingstown Public School              92,494              83,711 –                  8,782
Rocky River Public School              37,879              29,363 –                  8,516
Guyra Central School            204,345            196,491 –                  7,854
Mallawa Public School              51,362              45,049 –                  6,313
Kentucky Public School              48,323              42,251 –                  6,073
Emmaville Central School            202,991            200,127 –                  2,864
Garah Public School              69,525              70,478                        953
Ebor Public School              13,769              14,895                     1,126
Bullarah Public School              11,962              14,451                     2,489
Croppa Creek Public School              28,394              31,143                     2,749
Bald Blair Public School              40,900              61,253                   20,353
Ben Venue Public School              62,590              83,799                   21,208
Newling Public School              56,449              78,374                   21,926
Thalgarrah Environmental Education Centre              21,762              47,255                   25,493
Barwon Learning Centre                2,887              50,977                   48,091
Deepwater Public School              29,844              80,769                   50,925
Chandler Public School              18,436              69,491                   51,055
Black Mountain Public School              28,794              89,490                   60,696
Gum Flat Public School              70,951            168,302                   97,351
Glen Innes High School         1,024,719         1,179,897                 155,177
Tingha Public School            218,915            399,463                 180,548
Armidale City Public School              44,797            280,932                 236,135
 

 

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