I am extremely pleased more schools across NSW will receive air conditioning thanks to an unprecedented $500 million funding boost from the NSW Government in this year’s State Budget.

This level of investment is something to be proud of. It is through the strong economic management of the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government that we are in a position to deliver this record investment for NSW students.

The NSW Government is committed to supporting students to reach their full potential through the State’s excellent public education system and this investment ensures our students have the best possible environments for learning.

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.

All new schools and school upgrades delivered from today will also have air conditioning installed in their new classrooms and libraries. Today’s announcement will also result in the removal of unflued 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.