Mr Ryan Park, Member for Keira has announced that every Illawarra public school in NSW will be air-conditioned under a Foley-Labor Government, which will allocate an additional $300 million to the budget to ensure it happens.

The NSW Opposition in March announced Labor’s ‘Cool Schools’ policy which would take back $300 million from the Berejiklian Government’s $2.2 billion dollar Sydney stadium splurge.


Mr Park has said that money would be added to the $500 million allocated in the State Budget to bring the total to an unprecedented $800 million to provide better learning environments for local school students.


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 Member for Keira Ryan Park

“This is great news for the students and teachers of the Illawarra. “

“All we have seen from this government is money allocated to wrong priorities. By scrapping the ridiculous stadium splurge in Sydney we can ensure students are learning in a comfortable environment.

“Labor wants children to have the best learning 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.


“Our priority is air-conditioning classrooms here in the Illawarra – not corporate boxes in Sydney Stadiums.”

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