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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1289 ..

Schools - Roof Treatment

(Question No. 151)

Mr Berry

asked the Minister for Education, upon notice, on 21 April 1999:

In relation to the recent treatment works on the roofs of Canberra High School and Melrose Primary School, in which the roofs were treated by painting the tiles

(1) What was the reason for adopting this treatment for tiled roofs.

(2) What was the cost of the treatment at each school.

(3) Did any other schools have their roofs treated, if yes (a) which ones and (b) what was the cost of each.

(4) Is it planned to carry out the treatment at any other schools, if yes which ones.

Mr Stefaniak

: The answer to Mr Berry's questions is:

(1 ) The existing roof tiles had lost their protective coat, had become very porous and had begun to leak in an increasing number of areas. The problem was wide spread at the identified schools and required treatment to all roof tiles. Treating the tiles with a sealant was the most cost effective solution and is the "painting" to which you refer.

(2) Cost for each school was:

(a) Canberra High $107,000.00

(b) Melrose Primary $ 54,400.00

(3) Southern Cross Primary also had its roof tiles treated at a cost of $ 60,214.00.

(4) At this stage it is not planned to carry out roof tile treatment at other schools. However, as this rectification method provides value for money on a whole of life basis and provides a cost effective solution, if a school required tile repairs this rectification method would be considered.

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