The Palaszczuk Government has just announced that it will deliver air conditioning in every state school in Queensland within two years.
By mid-2022, ‘every classroom, every library and every staff room’ will be air conditioned across the state.
Almost two thirds of state schools are already air conditioned, in the north, central and western regions of the state.
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Last November, the Premier announced the next 301 schools to be air-conditioned, which have all now either been completed or the contracts at least awarded.
This announcement is great news for Gold Coast schools that have been battling to get air conditioning, with the state prioritising more northern areas.
Key measures of the $477 million “Cooler, Cleaner Schools” program include:
- An additional 650 schools to be air conditioned by mid-2022 (including 301 already announced)
- 1000 jobs installing, repairing and maintaining school air-conditioning
- 80,000 school rooftop solar panels to meet running costs (in addition to the 110,000 panels to be installed in our existing ACES program)
- Schools/classrooms who already have air conditioning will not have to pay to have them serviced or replaced in the future
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement this morning.
“We want our schools to be places where children can learn in comfortable environments.
“Cooler schools, better grades, brighter futures – that’s what we’re all about,” the Premier said.
BREAKING: We will air condition every state school in Queensland. Every classroom, every library and every staff room. And we’ll deliver it within the next two years. #qldpol pic.twitter.com/n12KwspnSP
— Annastacia Palaszczuk (@AnnastaciaMP) February 26, 2020