Danielle Lowe

Maintenance cash up for grabs for state schools

QUEENSLAND state schools can now apply for additional funding to help clear the maintenance backlog at campuses across the state.

Premier Campbell Newman said today the second round of funding under the $300 million Advancing Our Schools Maintenance Fund would see schools with the highest maintenance backlogs targeted.

"Queensland state schools should be a place of pride for students to learn, teachers to teach and communities to gather," he said.

"Labor had no concept of this and left Queensland schools to fall into a state of disrepair.

"That is why my government has moved to address school maintenance issues like peeling paint, ripped carpet and cracked footpaths, to ensure our schools are safe and vibrant community hubs.

Education, Training and Employment Minister John-Paul Langbroek said all 1239 Queensland state schools would receive a share of the funding.

"Last year schools were allocated up to $160,000 each to fix maintenance issues, but this round will see schools receive extra funds of up to $70,000 plus 14% of any remaining liability," he said.

"That means that some schools will receive in excess of $500,000 towards their maintenance backlogs.

"We have also upgraded the previous level of the base allocation for planned maintenance which is available to all schools, regardless of their backlogs from last year."

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