Mother's plea to state government

LAST WEEK: Special school calls for redevelopment

AN Eaglehawk mother is pleading with the state government to stop delaying building works at Kalianna School. 

The Bendigo Advertiser reported the school received $346,379 in funding in May last year as part of the state government's urgent works program. 

Pamela Rollinson, who has a two children at the school, said an independent audit of Victorian state schools was conducted in 2012 - with the Kalianna School deemed the most urgent. 

She said the works had been delayed time and time again.

"My main concern is there is red tape holding up any works getting done," she said. 

"These are urgent works that are needed to make the school safer."

Mrs Rollinson said doors needed to be repaired, there was asbestos in the roof lining, the air conditioner was broken, the roof leaked and the power grid needed an upgrade.   

"My daughter has been at the school for five years and when my husband and I went there for our first visit, we were told the doors would be repaired," she said.

"We are still waiting.

"One of the boy's toilets cannot be used when it rains because the roof leaks. 

"No child should have to walk to the other side of the school in the rain to go to the toilet.

"I have witnessed vomit bags stuck to the roof because of leaking roofs."

A Department of Education and Early Childhood Development spokesman said 250 schools were included in the first round of funding.

"Works planned for Kalianna School have been packaged with works on four other schools in the Bendigo region to maximum value for money and ensure the best outcome for every school involved," he said.  

"While the need for planning and scoping with five separate schools has resulted in some delays, the department has kept the schools updated on progress. 

"The tender for package of works is being issued in the coming days, with builders expected to be on-site in late July or early August."

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