BER Waste Being Uncovered

THe Parents and Citizens Association of Tottenham CEntral School in NSW has described the BER as a “colossal waste of taxpayer and government money.”

“We thought it was going to be great…when you’re getting something worth $600,000, you don’t think small,” president of the P&C, Rick Bennett, said.

“The new canteen can’t even store all our freezers and with a pie-warmer, meat slicer and microwave on the stainless steel bench, there is hardly any room to prepare food.”

Catholic schools had a more “hands on” approach to the implementation of its buildings, under the system – whereas government schools were told what they would get, according to The Australian.

The implementation of the system is the subject of a Senate hearing, where the above costs between Catholic and public schools were revealed.

New South Wales Department of Education director-general Michael Coutts-Trotter was unable to explain the cost difference between buildings delivered in the Catholic system, versus the government ones.

Total Building Costs Per Square Metre:

Catholic* Public#
$2,451 Library $5,400
$2,426 Classroom $4,271
$3,500 Hall $5,800
$4,053 Canteen $13300 – $23000

* Includes 40 per cent fee for additional non construction costs
# includes non-construction costs


Source: The Australian

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