Victoria Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu
Coalition To End BER-Style Waste In VIC Schools
Victor P Taffa
• Schools to have more Control and Autonomy
• Principals to Manage Capital Works
• Government Funded – School Designed and Constructed
Victorian Schools and Principals will be given control over major capital works under a Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government, in an end to Labor’s BER waste and mismanagement, Coalition Leader Ted Baillieu said today.
Under a Coalition Government schools would be awarded funding for capital works, with principals to have greater control over the Design and Construction Process.
“Premier John Brumby’s incompetence and his mismanagement of the BER have robbed Victorian government schools of a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build world class facilities.” Mr. Baillieu said.
The Coalition, in contrast to Labor, will take the lessons of the BER and apply them to all future capital projects in Victorian Government Schools.
Under a Victorian Liberal Nationals Coalition Government:
- Schools will design projects in consultation with Government;
- Government will award funding on the basis of School Planning.
Schools will then be responsible for:
- Sourcing a project manager and construction team;
- Overseeing the construction process including any necessary Design Amendments;
- Funding the construction process out of the total capital works grant awarded.
Schools that require management assistance from the Government will be able to access it, however this will be at the discretion of the school.
“Labor treats Principals like children, second guessing them at every step and excluding them from important decision-making processes.” Mr. Baillieu said.
“A Liberal Nationals Coalition Government will reject John Brumby’s autocratic style and bureaucratic policies and return control over capital works to school communities and principals.
According to Catholic and Independent School Principals, their management of BER processes has resulted in minimal site and construction costs, a wide diversity of successful projects suited to each school and appropriate construction timelines.
In contrast, Victorian government schools report mounting costs, inappropriate project timelines major design flaws and reduced functionality of final projects because capital grants could not meet the cost of the government’s templates.
Despite the clear disparity between Government and Non-Government School BER Projects, Education Minister Bronwyn Pike signalled earlier this year that Labor’s Policy of forcing inappropriate and badly designed BER templates on Victorian schools will continue, along with the covering up of huge mistakes and cost over-runs.
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