Local trades ‘preferred’ for $1.75m Geraldton public school contracts
A $1.75 million investment in Geraldton public school maintenance and upgrades will benefit local trades, according to Premier Mark McGowan.
The State Government recently announced $200 million in funding for WA’s 789 schools, with maintenance and upgrade work to begin soon.
Mr McGowan said the work would create about 3150 jobs across WA and 1260 in the regions, with local electricians, painters, plumbers, builders and carpenters to benefit.
Schools would be encouraged to use local contractors.
Of the $200 million allocated, $35 million would be spent on maintenance items or minor works identified in building condition assessment reports.
The remaining $165 million would be allocated to schools for other targeted maintenance works, upgrades or refurbishments. Most of the work at Geraldton schools will include maintenance, roof repairs, painting and electrical upgrades.
Work at Holland Street School, which will receive the highest allocation of Geraldton schools, will include carpark improvements.
Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said the funding was one of the Government’s biggest single investments in WA schools.
“We want to improve all public schools in Western Australia, so students are learning in inspiring modern facilities, creating greater opportunities for students and teachers,” she said.
“We are delivering on our commitment to improve schools around the State ... and this package will deliver huge benefits to hundreds of schools.”
Where the $1.75 million will go
HOLLAND STREET SCHOOL $341,780
WAGGRAKINE PRIMARY SCHOOL $322,400
GERALDTON PRIMARY SCHOOL $307,449
MOUNT TARCOOLA PRIMARY SCHOOL $222,394
GERALDTON SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL $125,180
CHAMPION BAY SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL $107,378
RANGEWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL $84,364
ALLENDALE PRIMARY SCHOOL $67,020
BEACHLANDS PRIMARY SCHOOL $50,446
BLUFF POINT PRIMARY SCHOOL $35,160
MEEKATHARRA SCHOOL OF THE AIR $31,200
WALKAWAY PRIMARY SCHOOL $31,200
WANDINA PRIMARY SCHOOL $31,200
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