Education Minister Susan Close has confirmed in correspondence to the State Liberals that the STEMWorks School Infrastructure project will see major portions of grants to schools eaten up in 'project costs', 'professional fees' and other non-building related costs.
The State Liberals have expressed concern both at the level of expense on non-building costs and at reports from some regional schools that they have been told their regional location would mean they would have even less of their grant to spend on building.
"This is typical of the way Labor run school infrastructure projects,” said Shadow Minister for Education John Gardner.
“The State Labor Government is giving with one hand and taking with the other.
"It is unacceptable that $90 million out of $250 million is being spent on consultancy fees, project costs and other non-building related expenses.
"The Treasurer said that this program was God’s work, but just like the Rudd-Gillard school hall program, Labor promises the world but they are hopeless at delivering.
"Schools being charged as much as $900,000 for management fees and other expenses is unacceptable.
“Regional schools being told that their location will mean more of their project budget is eaten up in project costs is unfair.
"This comes on top of revelations in recent days that the Education Department is spending $4 million on their communications budget and that the State Government cut $56 million from Education in 2014-15.
"These schools were promised $3.5 million STEM projects and now that’s what the Government needs to deliver."