More students than ever before are set for a cooler summer as the rollout of the first dedicated school air-conditioning program continues to deliver for public schools across NSW.
53 schools in the Cootamundra electorate will benefit from the $500 million Cooler Classroom program, which began in 2018.
The five-year program delivers heating, cooling and fresh air ventilation in NSW public schools. This is the first time there has been a dedicated program to install air-conditioning in schools with those in the hottest part of the state prioritised.
Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said it was another example of the Liberals and Nationals in government delivering for NSW public schools.
“I am so pleased that the region continues to benefit from this important program thanks to the NSW Government investment,” Ms Cooke said.
“Works have been completed in 44 schools, meaning students and staff are benefitting from the cooler climate.
|Ardlethan Central School||Ariah Park Central School|
|Barellan Central School||Barmedman Public School|
|Caragabal Public School||Coolamon Central School|
|Cootamundra High School||Cootamundra Public School|
|Cowra High School||Cowra Public School|
|EA Southee Public School||Ganmain Public School|
|Gooloogong Public School||Greenthorpe Public School|
|Grenfell Public School||Gundagi High School|
|Illabo Public School||Jugiong Public School|
|Junee High School||Junee North Public School|
|Junee Public School||Molyan Public School|
|Murringo Public School||Murrumbarrah High School|
|Murrumburrah Public School||Nangus Public School|
|Narrandera East Infants School||Narrandera High School|
|Narrandera Public School||Stockinbingal Public School|
|Temora Public School||The Henry Lawson High School|
|Ungarie Central School||Wallendbeen Public School|
|West Wyalong High School||West Wyalong Public School|
|Wombat Public School||Woodstock Public School|
|Wyalong Public School||Wyangala Dam Public School|
|Young North Public School||Young Public School|
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program is ahead of schedule for the existing schools receiving the system and she was thrilled to add more schools to the program.
So far through our Cooler Classroom Program we’ve delivered air-conditioning to more than 7,100 learning spaces and 460 libraries,” Ms Mitchell said.
“We know how important it is to provide students with a comfortable learning environment and this investment has seen works completed at more than 570 schools, with another 420 underway.”
The systems installed as part of the Cooler Classrooms Program incorporate ‘smart systems’ technology that offer heating, cooling, and the provision of outside fresh air. The units will automatically shut-down after hours and will be powered by solar technology and battery storage to off-set energy usage at more than 700 schools. The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the more than $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.