School left with even less

EUNGAI Public School had almost a million dollars to construct new classrooms, thanks to the Government’s Building the Education Revolution, but has ended up with less than it had before.

Under the ‘revolution’, the school received $925,000 for ‘like for like’ replacement of two existing demountable classrooms, which had air-conditioning, interactive whiteboards and all-weather access.

The buildings that now stand in their place are not air-conditioned, do not have interactive whiteboards and there’s no covered walkways.

After being contacted by the concerned P&C of Eungai Public School, Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker stood up in parliament on Monday and questioned Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard about the management of the program.

“Minister, these buildings could have been constructed for a fraction of the cost and the P&C are concerned it does not represent value for money,” he said.

“If the minister is not responsible for scandalous waste and mismanagement of taxpayer’s money like that at Eungai, who is?

“The Minister failed to provide an explanation as to why the school did not receive the full scope of works, as promised, and how the cost of two buildings came to $925,000.

“The school cannot see where the value for money is and I certainly agree with the school.

“We need to know where the money has gone.

The minister must explain why schools such as Eungai have been dudded and why taxpayer’s money has been wasted.”



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