M'boro schools get state funds for repair backlog

TWENTY-ONE schools in Maryborough are set to receive more than $1 million in funding to address maintenance backlogs.

Maryborough MP Anne Maddern said the funding would be used to address various issues, such as repairing footpaths, replacing carpets and repainting.

"We have also saved time and money by allowing schools to have maintenance completed by local tradespeople," she said.

"This has really cut red tape, and it has allowed our schools to go direct to market to source local contractors for planned or routine breakdown maintenance.

"This gives them the benefit of finding the best value service from the best people available locally."

Mrs Maddern said in addition to the backlog-busting program, schools continued to receive funding for their ongoing maintenance needs, including routine breakdowns and planned work.

"Our students deserve the best chance at the best possible education, and safe and effective working facilities are the most basic foundation for this," she said.

"Now that we are on the cusp of achieving a milestone in its own right - to clear the maintenance backlog of all state schools in Queensland - we will continue to fund schools to address newly identified maintenance to ensure this situation doesn't repeat itself.

"This maintenance funding is a key part of our strong plan to deliver better outcomes for students - we're also boosting teacher quality, increasing school autonomy and improving student discipline.

"Our investment will ensure Queensland remains a great state with great schools well into the future."

The funding is part of the third round of the LNP Government's $300 million commitment to revitalise Queensland state schools.



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