Students and teachers at four public schools on the Central Coast are the latest to benefit from the NSW Government’s $157.9 million LED Lighting Upgrade Program.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said a total of 19 local schools will have their old and ineffective lights replaced with smart LED lights.
“The announcement of Tranche 3 of the LED Lighting Upgrade Program couldn’t have come at a better time, with students getting ready to commence face-to-face learning after almost four months of online schooling,” Mr Crouch said.
“LED lights can be tuned to mimic natural light, which can help how students learn by improving their attentiveness and comprehension.
“These lighting improvements will make a big difference to the way students learn, benefiting their eyes and minds.
“The LED Lighting Upgrade Program also provides an exciting opportunity for tradies on the Central Coast, with local companies to receive priority in the tender process.”
Tradespeople can tender for the LED lighting upgrade opportunities via the Local Trades Scheme, an online platform where small businesses can engage directly with the Department of Education to bid for work at public schools in their local communities.
Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell said the NSW Government is committed to improving the learning spaces for students as well as supporting communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The lighting upgrade is a great way for the schools to improve teaching spaces, reduce their power and maintenance bills but is also a fantastic way to stimulate local economic growth,” Ms Mitchell said.
The NSW Government is investing $7.9 billion over the next four years, continuing its program to deliver 215 new and upgraded schools to support communities across NSW. This is the largest investment in public education infrastructure in the history of NSW.