Students at nine schools in the region will soon benefit from brighter and smarter learning spaces with the NSW Government announcing the first tranche of schools in the $158 million LED Lighting Upgrade Program.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders welcomed the news and said the program is evidence of the NSW Government’s commitment to improving school facilities and supporting jobs.
Dubbo North Public School, Dubbo Public School, Dubbo South Public School, Wellington High School, Wellington Public School, Narromine High School, Cudgegong Valley Public School, Gulgong High School and Lue Public School have all been included in the first group of 290 schools.
“LED lighting will improve the learning environment for students and this program will help support local jobs here in our region, and it is great that schools in Dubbo, Wellington, Narromine, Gulgong, Lue and Mudgee are included,” he said.
“We know student learning is enhanced when the learning environment is comfortable and LED lighting is proven to provide a more stable source of light.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the program is an initiative funded by the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
“The LED Lighting Upgrade Program will not only support jobs, but through the replacement of inefficient lighting with LED luminaires we will be delivering better classrooms and learning areas for students,” said Ms Mitchell.
“This program is part of our $450 million school based COVID-19 Recovery plan to deliver thousands of school projects to hundreds of schools.”
More than 290 schools have been announced in the first tranche with up to 1,000 schools to benefit from the $158 million program.
The program will also reduce school energy bills with smart LED lighting offering a more efficient and sustainable option.