Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed today’s announcement by Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes of the first round recipients of the NSW Liberal National Government’s Cooler Classrooms Fund.
Over 900 schools, including many in the Hunter will benefit from the first round of the record $500 million program, the largest investment of its kind in NSW history.
Mr MacDonald said he was pleased to see many Hunter schools on the list released today, including strong representations in Cessnock and Maitland.
Gillieston Public School, Bolwarra Public School, Morpeth Public School, Maitland High School, Cessnock East Public School, Cessnock High School and Cessnock Public School were among the recipients that also included schools in Newcastle, Port Stephens and Lake Macquarie.
“Air conditioning has long been a cause lobbied for by school communities and P&C groups in the Hunter and I am pleased that today the Premier and Education Minister have highlighted the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering air conditioning to more students across the Hunter”, Mr MacDonald said.
“The NSW Liberal National Government’s Cooler Classrooms Fund is being run concurrently with the installation of solar panels and smart systems, highlighting an economically and environmentally sustainable program, in contrast to Labor’s plans.”
Schools in areas 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.
In addition to the hundreds of schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools under the Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years.
The first round of applications took place throughout Term 3 this year. A second round will open in the new year.
School principals are encouraged to apply to the second round of the Fund, which will open on Day 1 of Term 1 next year. More information can be found at https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/programs/cooler-classrooms.html and the full list of first round recipients can be found at https://www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au/content/dam/infrastructure/general/cooler-classrooms/Cooler_Classrooms_School_list_November_2018.pdf