Qld: Government considers fire proof paint
By Paul Osborne
BRISBANE, Aug 29 AAP - The Queensland government is considering the use of flame-retardantpaints to reduce school fires.
The past year has seen a spate of schools fires with one Gold Coast high school beinghit seven times.
Public Works Minister Rob Schwarten told state parliament, in an answer to a questionon notice, his department was examining the high-tech paints.
The move came as the government announced a fire safety education program for schoolsand an innovative education centre based at Petrie, on Brisbane's northside.
The Safecity program will initially involve a semester of personal safety classes forYear Seven students, with plans for future expansion.
The Safehome centre will provide hands-on education, including a smoke-logged room simulation.
Mr Schwarten said his department had been advised that the best way of reducing firerisk in schools was to have risk management plans and remove fuel sources such as wastepaper.
However, Mr Schwarten said he had sought information from CSIRO on flame retardant paints.
"There are many technical, cost, performance and health-related issues that need tobe resolved before a definitive policy on the use of flame retardant paints can be established,"
Mr Schwarten said.
Mr Schwarten said he understood the NSW government was also talking to the CSIRO aboutthe paints.
Independent MP Lex Bell, who asked the question on notice, today said the governmentshould consider the use of the paints as a matter of urgency.