Western Australia Minister for Education Elizabeth Constable
Work On Schedule To Air-Cool WA Public Schools
Victor P Taffa
- 44 schools to have air cooling by first day of school next Wednesday
- State Government committed $52 Million to air cool all public schools
- Program on track to finish by December 2012 – six months ahead of schedule
More and more Western Australian public schools are receiving air-cooling as the State Government works towards providing a more comfortable environment for school students and staff.
Education Minister Liz Constable said that of the 115 schools identified as priority schools for the air-cooling program, 44 already have or will have air-cooling installed by the first day of school next week.
Work is continuing at a further 71 schools. It is anticipated that 56 schools will be completed by March 1, 72 by April 1 and 102 by May 1.
“This Government has committed $52 Million over the next four years to air-cool every Western Australian school.” Dr. Constable said.
“After being allocated the funding to do so in the last State Budget, a huge amount of work has been done by the Department of Education, Building Management and Works and the contractors who have won tenders.”
“Every single school had to be thoroughly assessed to determine how many air-cooling units they required, along with other infrastructure works such as power upgrades to support new units, which was a massive process. Everything has been done as quickly as possible, with the tender process and work commencing straight away so that as many of our students and staff can enjoy more comfortable conditions as possible this year.”
The second phase of the air-cooling rollout is expected to be completed by December 2012, six months ahead of schedule.
“The target was to air-cool 115 schools in the hottest areas by June 2012 and we are well on track to achieving this.” the Minister said.
It is expected that 247 schools’ BER buildings will also be air-cooled by the start of school in 2012.
- All new primary schools to open in 2012 have air-cooling installed