Local tradies are being invited to help brighten up the region’s schools, with a third round of the LED Lighting Upgrade program announced.
More than 800 public schools across the state are set to benefit from the $157.8 million initiative, including a total of 19 across the Dubbo electorate.
State MP Dugald Saunders welcomed the inclusion of Ballimore Public, Dubbo West, Dubbo School of Distance Education, Mian School, Yawarra Community School, and Gulgong Public schools. Each will have old, inefficient lights replaced with smart LED lights, benefiting the eyes and minds of students and staff – and school power bills.
“This is exciting news for our local schools, and I’m encouraging local tradies to explore the opportunity to install the new LED lights,” Mr Saunders said.
“The lights can be tuned to mimic natural light, which can help students’ education by improving their attentiveness and comprehension.
“The lighting upgrades are a great way for the schools to improve teaching spaces, reduce their power and maintenance bills, and it’s also a fantastic way to stimulate the local economy by supporting local businesses.”
Local tradies will be able to tender for lighting upgrade opportunities via the Local Trades Scheme, an online platform where small businesses can engage directly with the Department of Education to bid for work at public schools in their local communities.
The LED Lighting Upgrade Program will help provide savings on electricity bills, and also improve the sustainability of local schools.
The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.