More schools across the region will receive air conditioning thanks to an unprecedented $500 million funding boost from the NSW Government in this year’s State Budget.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said this funding was most welcome, particularly when temperatures can reach above 40 degrees Celsius in summer and drop to below zero in winter.

“This level of investment is something to be proud of and I will be working with the Minister for Education to ensure we receive our fair share of this record funding.

“With nearly 40 public schools in the Tamworth electorate I want to make sure that our students have the best possible environments for learning.

“This funding will also result in the removal of un-flued gas heaters where new air conditioning is installed.

“The initiative will involve ‘smart systems’ being installed in schools that offer heating, cooling, humidity control and outside fresh air to ensure students have healthy and comfortable environments to learn in.

“To ensure the initiative is sustainable, the power required will be offset by power generated by solar panels and supported with battery storage, where possible. The systems will automatically shut down after hours,” Mr Anderson concluded.

All new schools and school upgrades delivered will also have air conditioning installed in their new classrooms and libraries.

Up to 1000 public schools will receive air conditioning as part of the $500 million funding boost, the largest investment of its kind in NSW history.

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