A SYDNEY primary school was billed $196,144 for a lift that was never built under the federal government’s $16.2 billion school building program.The item appears in the costings for the Building the Education Revolution project at Canley Vale Public, one of the few schools that managed to obtain a full costing of their project.The project’s managing contractor, Hansen Yuncken, confirmed the error in an email dated June 7 to the school’s principal, Cheryl McBride.Ms McBride also met representatives from the company and is concerned that her school has missed out on $196,144 as part of its $3 million allocation from the Commonwealth for classrooms and refurbishments.”I want copies of the receipts to demonstrate that the funding has or hasn’t been spent on the school and if it hasn’t we want that funding back to spend on other projects,” she said.”I am seriously worried about what is going on and the children at Canley Vale Public School deserve to have that funding spent on them as originally intended. There are many other playground and building issues on which we could spend that money at the school.”Ms McBride, who also chairs the Public School Principals’ Forum, said she found the error after a long battle to obtain the records for the building projects.”The financial papers and communication has been incredibly opaque and misleading. How many more of these are across NSW?”Under costings, Hansen Yuncken will be paid $39,421 for project management, $90,105 for site management and an incentive fee of $28,158 for the project.The BER whistleblower Craig Mayne, who has worked as a civil engineering design draughtsman, said the school had also been charged $79,885 for earthworks. ”If you allow $135 per hour for an excavator and $5000 for removal of soil, they would have had to have the excavator on site for 555 hours or 13 weeks.”A spokesman for the Department of Education and Training said any documentation that included a lift ”is an error”.
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