Cooler Classrooms program benefits three local schools

MP Thomas George with teachers and students at Mingoola Public School where air conditioning will be installed next year.
MP Thomas George with teachers and students at Mingoola Public School where air conditioning will be installed next year.

Three schools in the Tenterfield Shire are in the first round of schools to receive air conditioning under the state government’s Cooler Classrooms program.

Member for Lismore Thomas George said 30 schools across his Lismore electorate were successful under the scheme.

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“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,” he said.

“This investment will ensure students are now able to learn in a comfortable environment.”

Education Minister Rob Stokes said more than 900 schools would be the first to receive funding.

“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.

“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.”

In addition to the schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools under the government’s $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 the first day of school next year. More information can be found at www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au.

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