Cooler classrooms projects reach tender milestone

Students and teachers at Dubbo College Senior Campus and Dubbo Public School are on the way to brand new air conditioning systems, with tenders awarded for the Cooler Classroom Program at the schools.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders welcomed the progress on the program, and said he looked forward to work beginning soon.

“It’s important that students can learn in comfortable environments. That’s why I’m really pleased that the projects to deliver the new systems at Senior Campus and Dubbo Public have moved forward,” Mr Saunders said.

“As we know, we live in one of the hottest parts of the state and this work will be welcomed by staff and students at these schools.”

The systems will be installed under the NSW Government’s five year Cooler Classrooms Program which delivers schoolwide ventilation systems to allow individual classes to maintain the optimum temperature for learning.

Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said $500 million had been set aside for the program.

“We know the relationship between the quality of learning environments and learning outcomes and we’re committed to providing optimal teaching and learning environments for all students and teachers at NSW public schools,” she said.

“As well as cooling, the systems deliver fresh outside air, incorporate smart controls to ensure they operate efficiently, and where feasible, will be solar powered to reduce the financial and environmental impact of running the systems.”

The NSW Government is investing $6.7 billion over four years to deliver more than 190 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.

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