Libs Commit $204m For School Upgrades


ACT Opposition Leader Zed Seselja and ACT Shadow Education Minister Steve Doszpot announced today that if elected, a Canberra Liberals Government will commit an extra $36 million for capital upgrades of Canberra’s government schools, bringing the total investment to $204 million. Mr Seselja said this is on top of the already announced $250,000 for an audit of government school infrastructure.

“The Canberra Liberals believe that schools should be empowered to identify and prioritise their school’s physical needs,” Mr Seselja said.

“That’s why a Canberra Liberals Government would commit an additional $36 million to fund capital upgrades of our public schools.

“These upgrades would be identified through a $250,000 audit of government school infrastructure, to be conducted by our previously announced Infrastructure Canberra Commissioner.

“We know principals are the experts when it comes to their school’s needs, so will consult closely with them on the audit outcomes before the upgrades are made,” Mr Seselja concluded.

Mr Doszpot said today’s commitment will help ensure the future viability of our schools.

“The school community deserves a Government that prioritises our education system through proper infrastructure planning and maintenance,” Mr Doszpot said.

“This stands in stark contrast to the approach of the ACT Labor Government, which spends more time closing schools than it does investing in them.

“Taylor primary school is still closed after being so poorly maintained that it now needs a complete rebuild, and Farrer Primary had one building closed for weeks after children were falling sick because of mould problems identified two years earlier.

“Today’s announcement is part of our commitment to give Canberrans the best local government in the country – a government which plans for the long-term and gives residents the certainty they deserve,” Mr Doszpot concluded.