Scot MacDonald
AIR CONDITIONING FOR CENTRAL COAST SCHOOLS
26th Nov 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast 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.

Six schools on the Central Coast 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 the following Central Coast schools on the list released today;

  • Lisarow Public School
  • Wyong High School
  • Toukley Public School
  • Wadalba Community School
  • Woongarrah Public School
  • Point Clare Public School

 “Air conditioning has long been a cause lobbied for by school communities and P&C groups on the Central Coast 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 Central Coast”, 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.”

“I will lobby for Gosford schools to be considered in the second round of applications in early 2019. Our students and teachers deserve it,” Sue Dengate, Liberal candidate for Gosford said.

“This is a great initiative to improve school performance across The Entrance. I’ll be fighting for continued rollout of air conditioning in The Entrance,” Brian Perrem, Liberal candidate for The Entrance said.

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.

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