Anger over maintenance

By SAM BENGERsamb@gladstoneobserver.com.au

GLADSTONE teachers are fed up with poorly maintained teachers' accommodation in the area.

Queensland Teachers Union Cur- tis Coast branch president Kevin Giles said units in the Luscombe Court complex had large cracks in the walls, faulty electrical outputs and leaking underground pipes, which despite reports by tenants had not been fixed.

"This has been going on for years, and the longer it takes them to fix it, the more money they're go- ing to need for maintenance,'' Mr Giles said.

In fact, he said the situation was so bad that schools across the re- gion voted to stop work for an hour to bring more attention to the issue. "So far 19 schools have voted to stop work for one hour, which will be rolled out across the next week,'' he said.

Mr Giles said while teacher ac- commodation in Gladstone attract- ed educators to the area, if it was not maintained the incentive for teachers would be diminished.

"The government should ensure the accommodation provided is of a standard set by their own govern- ment,'' he said.

A spokesperson from Education Queensland said the department provided more than 60 staff resi- dences in Gladstone, with an annu- al maintenance budget of $95,000.

"With regard to the accommoda- tion at Luscombe Court, Education Queensland has already spent $16,000 of the maintenance budget on responsive maintenance such as minor repairs reported by tenants,'' the spokesperson said.

"An additional $32,000 has been approved for further works.



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