The NSW Government today announced the first schools to receive air conditioning under its Cooler Classrooms program, with three schools in the Tenterfield Shire Council area set to receive air conditioning in 2019. Member for Lismore Thomas George said thirty schools across the Lismore electorate were successful under the scheme.

“I’m pleased that schools in our local community, including Jennings Public School, Mingoola Public School and Urbenville Public School will benefit from the Cooler Classrooms Fund. This is part of the Government’s continued commitment to providing classrooms where our students and teachers can best succeed.”

“During a Northern Rivers summer the temperature quite often reaches well over 30 degrees. This investment will ensure students are now able to learn in a comfortable environment,” Mr George said.

Education Minister Rob Stokes said more than 900 schools would be the first to receive funding under the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government’s record $500 million program – the largest investment of its kind in NSW history.

“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.”

“Unlike Labor’s plans, the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ 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,” Mr Stokes said.

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 www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au.

PHOTO: Thomas George MP, teachers and students at Mingoola Public School where air conditioning will be installed.

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