Every public school across the electorate of Port Stephens will be air-conditioned under a Foley Labor Government, including the new Medowie High School.
NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced today in his 2018 Budget Reply that Labor would add its $300 million ‘Cool Schools’ policy to the $500 million allocated in the State Budget to bring the total to an unprecedented $800 million to provide better learning environments for school students.
While new schools built in the past 8 years under the Liberal Government have not included air conditioning, Labor will ensure the new Medowie High School is built with air conditioning so students can achieve their best potential.
School Infrastructure NSW will be tasked with the delivery of school air-conditioning while solar panels will be utilised to help off-set the running cost to each school. Each school will be audited to determine their individual needs.
The Berejiklian Government was sparked into action after eight budgets of neglect - initially dismissing Labor’s policy as “full of hot air” before coming to their senses that children can’t achieve exceptional learning results if they are stuck in sweltering classrooms.
The ‘Cool Schools’ policy forms an essential part of NSW Labor’s comprehensive plan to deal with the overcrowding crisis which is affecting a growing number of schools.
Under NSW Labor:
- Surplus government land will go towards building new schools and expanding existing ones in an unprecedented schools building program
- Every new public school will have on-site childcare or before and after school care facilities
- All new schools – including public, Catholic and independent, will be exempt from local infrastructure charges
Quotes attributable to Shadow Education Minister Jihad Dib
“Labor wants children and teachers to have the best learning and teaching environment possible as part of a world class education system, that means they are not fatigued in a sweltering classroom in the height of summer.
“We recognised that air-conditioning is crucial in areas which experience hot and humid temperatures, now our $800 million commitment will see all classrooms in NSW air-conditioned.
“The Liberal-Nationals had eight long years to do something and were only called to action after Labor announced ‘Cool Schools’, it just exemplifies their wrong priorities.”
Quotes attributable to Kate Washington MP Member for Port Stephens
“I’m proud to report that under Labor every school in Port Stephens will receive air-conditioning, including the new Medowie High School which Labor has committed to building.
“How can you expect a child to receive a first rate education in a second rate classroom – today’s announcement delivers better conditions for our children’s future”
This item was distributed as a media release on Thursday 21 June 2018.