15 State Schools across the Bundaberg and Burnett electorates are set to see solar panels and other energy saving devices installed under the Advancing Clean Energy Schools (ACES) program.
Members for Burnett and Bundaberg, Stephen Bennett and David Batt, said it’s great to see the State Government investing in our schools.
Mr Bennett said anything to reduce the cost of electricity for our schools is a move in the right direction.
“We know that the cost of electricity is skyrocketing in our region, and as one of the biggest energy users in the state, anything to reduce our school’s power bills is a very welcome,” he said.
“It’s a huge win for a lot of schools in our region who are making strides to become cleaner and greener.
“We already have many students and teachers making changes in their school and home to maintain our pristine environment so these solar panels will help them to achieve this.”
Member for Bundaberg David Batt said he hopes the money saved will be used for other school projects, such as air-conditioning.
“It’s great to see the majority of state schools in Bundaberg included in Phase 1 of the program and I hope government will be sensible in how they use the savings,” he said.
“State Schools in the Bundaberg region are doing all that they can to raise money to install air-conditioning, so I’d like to see these government savings reinvested and spent on projects like classroom air-conditioning.
“Countless parents, teachers and students have asked me when air conditioning will become a reality for Bundaberg’s state school classrooms and I’m tired of telling them that Labor just isn’t interested.”
Today in Queensland’s Parliamentary Estimates Hearing, Education Minister Grace Grace was asked about the additional $100 million announced for air-conditioning in schools outside of the cooler schools zone.
Mr Batt said he was disappointed to learn that the Minister still doesn’t know which schools will benefit.
“I want to see some of this additional funding brought to State schools in Bundaberg, but it looks like a lot of the money will be spent on replacement air-con units, rather than installing units in additional schools outside the zone.
“The LNP has a fantastic plan to air-con all our state school classrooms if elected to government, and until then I’ll continue to call on Labor to do the same.”
Thursday, 1 August 2019