Term 2 is starting off nice and cool in the Bundaberg Region with air-conditioning installation completed across all libraries, classrooms and staff rooms.
It comes as part of the State Government's $477 million Cooler Cleaner School Program.
Member for Bundaberg Tom Smith joined local school communities recently to announce the achievement had been delivered more than two months ahead of schedule.
“As a former high school teacher, I know just how important the successful rollout of the Cooler Cleaner Schools Program is for students and staff right across Queensland,” Mr Smith said, speaking from Kepnock State High School in Bundaberg.
“I was teaching at Kepnock State High School when the first round of units were installed and can speak first hand to the better learning environment created by this investment from the Palaszczuk Government.
“To know that all schools across the Wide Bay are now successfully air-conditioned is very exciting for the future learning of our young people.”
Kepnock State High School Principal Nicholas Howkins welcomed the new air conditioning which has been highly valued by the entire school community.
“Having the air conditioning has been a blessing. It keeps people calm and settled and better able to focus on their work – especially in the hot and humid conditions we had at the start of the year,” Mr Howkins said.
“We’re very grateful to the P&C who contributed around $20,000 towards air conditioning extra rooms.”
Education Minister Grace Grace said the Cooler Cleaner Schools Program was due for completion in June this year, but was fast tracked so that state school students, teachers and staff in the Wide Bay and elsewhere could enjoy air conditioning sooner.
“Our Cooler Cleaner Schools Program supported around 1,000 jobs during the height of the pandemic, as well as a pipeline of work as part of the Palaszczuk Government’s economic recovery plan for Queensland,” she said.
“During 2021–22, we are delivering an overall infrastructure investment portfolio valued at almost $1.9 billion, driving the Queensland economy by supporting more than 4100 jobs.”
Ms Grace said the use of air ventilation and correctly operated and maintained air conditioning systems introduce fresh air from outside could help minimise transmission of COVID-19 in schools.
“Our investment also includes $71 million over three years to expand solar panel installations on state school rooftops to assist in offsetting the additional energy air conditioners will use,” Ms Grace said.
For more information on the Cooler Cleaner Schools Program click here.