(From left) Morayfield State High School school captain Elle Malone, principal Janelle Amos and Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade examine some of the school's maintenance needs. Uneven pavers are a problem at the school. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News
(From left) Morayfield State High School school captain Elle Malone, principal Janelle Amos and Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade examine some of the school's maintenance needs. Uneven pavers are a problem at the school. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News Jorge Branco

Morayfield School gets $1m upkeep funding

MORAYFIELD State High School principal Janelle Amos has welcomed almost a million dollars in funding to take care of maintenance issues including removing asbestos, replacing ceiling tiles and fixing windows at the school.

The school's $944,128 maintenance bill is the second highest in the state, second only to Capalaba State College in south-eastern Brisbane.

The money is from the State Government as part of $100 million handed down in the third and final stage of a push to clear a $300 million school maintenance backlog.

Miss Amos said maintenance work at the school had been almost non-stop since the first round of funding the 2011-12 financial year. 

Morayfield State High School principal Janelle Amos and Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade examine some of the school's maintenance needs. Peeling paint is common. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News
Morayfield State High School principal Janelle Amos and Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade examine some of the school's maintenance needs. Peeling paint is common. Photo Jorge Branco / Caboolture News Jorge Branco

"For the kids it means that they're seeing money invested into them," she said.

"It's their school and they're feeling that they've got some really good facilities there."

Member for Morayfield Darren Grimwade visited the 1300-student school to announce the funding last week.

"It's really a disgrace when you've got literally roofs with water coming through it damaging the classrooms, you've got buildings that can't be secured, windows that can't be locked and shut and you've got asbestos above kids and teachers," he said.

"A lot of people will say 'What is this money going to do?' and obviously from our point of view and the government it's about ensuring that our assets and our buildings are maintained but more so that students and teachers can come and learn or teach in an environment where it's safe."

Eight other schools in the electorate are receiving special maintenance funding.

Premier Campbell Newman told Queensland Parliament on Thursday the third round ensured every school received its "planned base maintenance funds, additional funding for any outstanding maintenance carried over from 2011-12".

Opposition spokeswoman Jackie Trad could be heard shouting "congratulations for doing your job" as the LNP blamed Labor for causing the backlog in the first place.


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