Record Investment Keeping School Kids Cool

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 SchoolAriah Park Central School
Barellan Central SchoolBarmedman Public School
Caragabal Public SchoolCoolamon Central School
Cootamundra High SchoolCootamundra Public School
Cowra High SchoolCowra Public School
EA Southee Public SchoolGanmain Public School
Gooloogong Public SchoolGreenthorpe Public School
Grenfell Public SchoolGundagi High School
Illabo Public SchoolJugiong Public School
Junee High SchoolJunee North Public School
Junee Public SchoolMolyan Public School
Murringo Public SchoolMurrumbarrah High School
Murrumburrah Public SchoolNangus Public School
Narrandera East Infants SchoolNarrandera High School
Narrandera Public SchoolStockinbingal Public School
Temora Public SchoolThe Henry Lawson High School
Ungarie Central SchoolWallendbeen Public School
West Wyalong High SchoolWest Wyalong Public School
Wombat Public SchoolWoodstock Public School
Wyalong Public SchoolWyangala Dam Public School
Young North Public SchoolYoung 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.

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