Cash boost to fix schools

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Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Australind Primary School principal Darrin Tinley with Year 2 students on the newly developed common area.
Camera IconAustralind Primary School principal Darrin Tinley with Year 2 students on the newly developed common area. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Australind Primary School is among 300 public schools in Western Australia set to receive a slice of a multi-million-dollar funding boost from the State Government.

An additional $18 million investment in schools will address maintenance needs and create jobs for local tradespeople while supporting WA’s economy.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said she was pleased to see the government investing money into the maintenance of schools across the State.

“This investment into important maintenance at schools across the State will support local businesses and create jobs for Western Australians,” Ms Ellery said.

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“We are now spending $128.7 million in the 2018 to 2019 financial year on maintenance for public schools.

“The works are being carried out in every corner of the State,” she said.

Principal Darrin Tinley said money for maintenance work was always welcome to regional schools.

“We recently received maintenance money from the government and were able to fix up one of our common seating areas in the school,” Mr Tinley said.

“It was an area we weren’t able to use as it had walls coming up around five metres high with big trees in the middle that would drop leaves into the gutters.

“Thanks to the maintenance money from the government, we now have a nice open area for the kids to sit on and eat their lunch or play at recess.

“We are even hoping to have our Anzac Day ceremony here, if the weather holds out.”

Mr Tinley said although the school was in great condition, there were always going to be maintenance issues.

“We’re always on the lookout for ways to improve the school, and our community and the kids are loving this new area we have created.”

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