State govt accused of misleading Gold Coast on schools aircon promise

There are claims the state government is trying to take credit for air conditioning some Gold Coast state schools that have already spent years fundraising for their own units.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has today committed to roll out units in ‘every classroom, library and staffroom in Queensland’, along with covering maintenance and replacement costs.

Though on a list of 60 Gold Coast schools set ‘to be air conditioned’ by the state, many hardly need it due to their own fundraising efforts to have it installed independently.


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Local MP Sam O’Connor told myGC that obviously this announcement is great news, but the government’s ‘list’ is a bit confusing.

“The list funnily enough included, from my area, three schools that are already air conditioned.

“So I think they might want to check their facts on which schools have and don’t have air conditioning.

“Southport High for example – one of the biggest schools on the coast, they’re fully air conditioned, they did it themselves a little while ago, but they’re on that list to receive air conditioning.

“I’ve spoken to some other members today – that say basically the P&C has stumped up to aircon a bulk of the school, and the government have committed to aircon one classroom but they’re claiming to have done the whole school.

“I think there’ll be a few P&Cs annoyed that they’ve done all the hard work and the government’s trying to swoop in and claim the credit.

“But overall, good for the local kids,” Mr O’Connor said.

Caningeraba State School began fund raising for their air conditioning over a decade ago, but have appeared on the list due to a few more rooms lacking.

Similarly, Biggera Waters State School last year gave in and signed off on their own air conditioning as well.

“It’s particularly annoying for a school like Biggera Waters that last year signed off on putting aircon in because they were sick of waiting for the government to do it,” Mr O’Connor said.

Arundel State School, Currumbin Valley State School, Nerang State School, Merrimac State School, Mudgeeraba Special School, Mudgeeraba Creek State School, Gilston State School and Ashmore State School are the schools considered ‘already airconditioned’, after P&Cs worked tirelessly to fund their own systems.

“I’ve got Arundel State School where the P&C – the local community – raised over $200,000 to put aircon in that school.

“It should be basic for every school to have that and I’m glad the government have finally agreed to it.

“But it’s a pretty annoying thing for some of those schools who’ve raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to do that themselves,” Mr O’Connor said.

Here’s the list of Gold Coast schools the state government released this morning:

GOLD COAST SCHOOLS TO BE AIR-CONDITIONED – 1265 SPACES

Southport Special School
Musgrave Hill State School
Southport State High School
Labrador State School
Coombabah State High School
Biggera Waters State School
Coombabah State School
Burleigh Heads State School
Caningeraba State School
Palm Beach State School
Palm Beach-Currumbin State High School
Ormeau State School
Cedar Creek State School
Woongoolba State School
Pimpama State School
Ormeau Woods State High School
Coomera Springs State School
Norfolk Village State School
Picnic Creek State School
Coomera Rivers State School
Pimpama State Primary College
Pimpama State Secondary College
Tallebudgera State School
Currumbin Community Special School
Ingleside State School
Elanora State School
Coolangatta State School
Currumbin State School
Elanora State High School
William Duncan State School
Pacific Pines State High School
Worongary State School
Pacific Pines State School
Nerang State High School
Robina State School
Broadbeach State School
Miami State School
Varsity College
Merrimac State High School
Miami State High School
Numinbah Valley State School
Clover Hill State School
Mudgeeraba State School
Springbrook State School
Robina State High School
Queensland Academy for Health Sciences
Southport State School
Benowa State High School
Bellevue Park State School
Benowa State School
Keebra Park State High School
Surfers Paradise State School
Coomera State School
Helensvale State School
Gaven State School
Highland Reserve State School
Oxenford State School
Park Lake State School
Upper Coomera State College
Helensvale State High School

GOLD COAST SCHOOLS ALREADY AIR-CONDITIONED
Arundel State School
Currumbin Valley State School
Nerang State School
Merrimac State School
Mudgeeraba Special School
Mudgeeraba Creek State School
Gilston State School
Ashmore State School

If you’re aware of any other listed schools that have already worked to become air conditioned, please leave a comment or reach out to news@mygc.com.au

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Helensvale State School finally had all class rooms air conditioned by P&C fundraising in sept 2018.

But this funding allocated in this announcement also includes maintenance and replacement costs – so maybe that’s why they listed all schools. Will that be ongoing commitment by the state govt. if so that’s a great announcement.

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Robina State School has also had air conditioning in all classrooms (and 26kW solar system to offset the power cost) for about 5 years, fully funded by the P&C. Our library and Hall are the only spaces without it I believe.

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Norfolk Village has already paid for theirs. Anyways it all just election bait that will evaporate with budget excuses once the election is over.