Dubbo College harnesses the power of the sun!

Students in Dubbo are set to benefit from a renewable energy upgrade thanks to a $148 million investment across the State, earmarked in the 2022/23 NSW Budget.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has today announced Dubbo College Senior Campus will receive funding under the Minor Capital Works program to install solar panels on the roof of G Block.

“This is something the school had been saving for, so its great we’re able to meet them halfway and co-fund this great initiative,” Mr Saunders said.

“Schools use a lot of power during the day when the sun is shining, so it’s a no-brainer to invest in technology that can lower the bills.

“The school can then direct those savings into resources and programs that will set our young people up for the future.”

The announcement builds on the $1.2 billion investment in planned maintenance from the 2022/23 NSW Budget, which is set to benefit every school in the Dubbo electorate

This could include painting, fencing and gate repairs, floor renewal, window and door repairs, roof replacements and sewage repairs and replacements.

“We are completing priority works whilst also going above and beyond to create exceptional, comfortable and safe learning spaces,” Mr Saunders said.

“The NSW Government is committed to long term investments for our local schools and communities.”

Minister for Education and Early Learning Sarah Mitchell said she was pleased the NSW Government was not just investing in new and upgraded schools, but in maintaining schools across the state.

“Every student deserves to learn in an inspiring learning space, even the smallest of changes such as a coat of paint or laying carpet does contribute to a positive learning experience,” Ms Mitchell said.

The NSW Government is investing $8.6 billion in school infrastructure over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 160 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This builds on the $9.1 billion invested in projects delivered since 2017, a program of $17.7 billion in public education infrastructure.

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