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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (29 February) . . Page.. 584 ..




Schools and Colleges - Maintenance Plans

MS McRAE - asked the Minister for Education and Training on notice on 20 February 1996:

What is the maintenance plan for each of the schools and colleges?

MR STEFANIAK - the answer to Ms McRae's question is:

Each year the Department develops an annual maintenance program for each school for planned and specific works. This work is aimed at providing schools with a safe and comfortable learning environment. The work includes jobs associated with the safe and efficient operation of mechanical and electrical plant, fire protection and maintaining the basic fabric of the buildings, for example, painting and roof repairs.

The annual program is based primarily on the advice provided by Construction and Maintenance Management Services (part of the Department of Urban Services) on maintenance needs across the whole system.

In addition, a large part of the maintenance and repair expenditure at any school is to meet unforeseen demands for repairs caused by fires, vandalism, storm damage, as well as OH&S needs. Furthermore, each school is allocated minor maintenance funds to meet the ongoing cost of works up to $1500 throughout the year. These allocations take into account the age of the school, its size, enrolment level and building structure.

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