Page 3902 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 29 November 2022

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The Education Directorate has an established process of conducting condition assessments of the internal and external areas of all ACT public schools. Through this process, data is collected in an asset management system and then used to prioritise the annual repairs and maintenance programs through a school maintenance plan.

A condition assessment on internal areas at Lyneham Primary was completed in September 2022, including recording the condition of paint, carpet, doors, windows and lighting. The condition assessment recorded data on over 1,700 points within the school and has been used to update the Lyneham Primary School maintenance plan (Attachment A). The maintenance plan is a living document which is reviewed and updated regularly with the school.

A condition assessment of external areas at Lyneham Primary is being undertaken in term 4, 2022. The data recorded will again be used to update the school maintenance plan and prioritise the repairs and maintenance program for the school. The Education Directorate has prioritised a large external painting program which will commence in term 4, 2022.

The Directorate also conducts routine condition assessments of all critical infrastructure, including fire systems, emergency lighting, hazardous materials, heating and cooling throughout the year. Any identified issues are repaired in consultation with the school.

A number of improvements have been completed at Lyneham Primary School this year, including a classroom expansion, glazing and internal door upgrades and outdoor learning and landscaping upgrades. I can also confirm the flammable cladding referred to in the petition was removed and replaced mid last year.

The school has also identified a series of priority projects that are in an early planning phase. These projects include a new accessible and non-gendered toilets for students, an upgrade to the senior male toilets that also includes improved access from the playground, new small group learning environment and courtyard, new courtyard off the small group unit in the junior school and a new staff courtyard.

The government welcomed the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education and Community Inclusion Report – Managing ACT School Infrastructure and a formal response to the report was tabled on 20 September 2022.

As set out in the government response, the Education Directorate has commenced a review of the capacity assessment methodology used for ACT Schools. The response also notes that libraries are not included in capacity calculations.

Your correspondence on this matter is appreciated.

Motion to take note of petitions

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 98A, I propose the question:

That the response so lodged be noted.

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