LOCAL SCHOOLS TO BE AIRCONDITIONED
Written on the 3 December 2018 by Kevin Conolly
The NSW Liberal Government announced today that more than 900 schools across the state will have new air conditioning systems installed in their classrooms and libraries; the first schools to benefit from the Cooler Classrooms Fund setup by the NSW Liberal Government.
Ten local schools are among the more than 900 schools that have been named as the first to receive the funding under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government's record $500 million program the largest investment of its kind in NSW history.
"I am delighted to announce that 10 of these existing schools are located in the Riverstone electorate!" said Member for Riverstone, Kevin Conolly.
Mr Conolly said that this is the result of the first round of applications which took place throughout Term 3 this year. A second round will open in the New Year.
"This program is in addition to our commitment to provide air conditioning for all new schools and school upgrades, and the existing policy of providing air conditioning to demountable classrooms," said Mr Conolly.
"Delivering air-conditioning to more schools than ever before is only possible due to the strong economic management of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government," said NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Schools that have an average maximum January temperature of 30 degrees or more will now automatically receive air conditioning in their classrooms and libraries, while all other schools can apply for funding under the Cooler Classrooms Fund on a needs basis. Previously only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33 degrees or more were air conditioned.
Minister for Education Rob Stokes said, unlike Labor's plans, the NSW Liberals' Cooler Classrooms program was both economically and environmentally sustainable.
"We're installing solar panels and 'smart systems' alongside the air conditioning units, so schools can offset their additional energy use and efficiently heat and cool their schools," said Mr Stokes.
In addition to the hundreds of schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools including Schofields Public School - under the Government's record $6 billion school building program over the next four years.
"Every one of our 170 new and upgraded schools, including more than 2000 new classrooms, will also receive the new sustainable air conditioning systems," Mr Stokes said.
Schools in the Riverstone electorate which will have their classrooms and libraries air-conditioned under Round 1 are:
The Ponds High School
"I will be going in to bat for the remaining schools in the Riverstone electorate to receive air conditioning in future rounds of the program," said Mr Conolly.
"This is something I've been lobbying for over a number of years and I'm delighted to see the goal in view.
"It's only a Government that runs a healthy economy and strong budget that can be trusted to deliver on improvements like air conditioning for schools. Promises are cheap, but delivery is another thing.
"The NSW Liberal Government has demonstrated that it can manage money to meet the real needs of people in our communities."
Author: Kevin Conolly
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