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Cooler classrooms to take the heat out of summer

The first round of schools to receive air conditioning under the Cooler Classrooms Fund have been named.

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Students will soon learn in comfort as air conditioning systems are installed in NSW public schools.

Public schools will soon be ‘cool’ places to learn after the NSW Government today announced more than 900 schools will have new air conditioning systems installed in their classrooms and libraries.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Education Minister Rob Stokes announced the first round of schools to benefit from the $500 million Cooler Classrooms Fund.

“We’re thrilled to be delivering on our commitment to provide healthy learning environments in which our students and teachers can thrive, no matter the weather,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“From Tumbarumba to Mullumbimby, Bathurst South to Cecil Hills, students and teachers around NSW will benefit from new air conditioning in their school.”

Schools in areas such as Penrith, Camden and Dubbo – that have an average maximum January temperature of 30 degrees or more – will now automatically receive air conditioning in their classrooms and libraries, while other schools can apply for funding under the Cooler Classrooms Fund on a needs basis.

Previously only schools with an average maximum January temperature of 33 degrees or more were air conditioned.

The first round of applications took place throughout Term 3 this year. Principals can apply for the second round, which will open on the first day of Term 1 next year.

Mr Stokes said under the Cooler Classrooms program solar panels and ‘smart systems’ would be installed alongside the air conditioning so schools could offset their additional energy use and efficiently heat and cool buildings.

Air conditioning would also be delivered in all new and upgraded schools over the next four years.

“Every one of our 170 new and upgraded schools, including more than 2,000 new classrooms, will also receive the new sustainable air conditioning systems,” Mr Stokes said.

The full list of schools announced today is available at www.schoolinfrastructure.nsw.gov.au.

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