QLD promises cool schools
The Queensland Government has pledged to to air-condition every school classroom, library and staffroom by mid-2022.
The state’s Labor government has picked up an LNP plan to provide air-conditioning to every classroom.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has announced that 10,000 rooms in schools across the state would be fitted with air-conditioning.
“Cooler schools mean better results,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“Almost two thirds of Queensland state schools are already air-conditioned. Now we'll do the rest.”
Ms Palaszczuk said a remaining 650 schools would be air-conditioned, with plans to include the installation of 80,000 roof top solar panels.
“Plus solar panels and maintenance funding creating 1,000 jobs,” she said.
State Environment Minister Steven Miles said it was not the backflip some have described it as.
“We did start last year and that gave us some experience about what it would cost,” Mr Miles told ABC Radio.
“That rollout showed some of the difficulties in terms of a large number of schools needing to be air-conditioned very quickly and what that does to the market.”