Energy efficiency boost for schools

Bright idea: Engadine Public School is among those that will benefit from new energy efficient lights.
Bright idea: Engadine Public School is among those that will benefit from new energy efficient lights.

A total of 16 schools across Sutherland Shire will benefit from more energy efficiency lighting.

The upgrade is part of the NSW Government's $157.8 million LED Lighting Upgrade Program to replace old inefficient lights in public schools with smart LED lights.

Heathcote MP Lee Evans said the program was providing a stimulus response to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporting more than 1200 jobs across the state.

"This program continues to deliver improved learning environments and reduced power bills for schools. It also targets small to medium sized contractors which is great for our local community and economy," Mr Evans said.

Cronulla MP Mark Speakman said the upgrades were part of providing an excellent environment for students.

"Research has shown that improved lighting has a positive impact on students' education, so these upgrades are good news for learning at 16 of our local schools in the Shire," Mr Speakman said.

The installation work is being tendered using the Local Trades Scheme, enabling businesses and tradespeople the opportunity to bid for the work in their community.

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.

SCHOOLS THAT WILL BENEFIT

Primary: Engadine, Engadine West, Gymea Bay, Grays Point, Heathcote, Laguna Street, Menai, Sutherland, Loftus, Yarrawarrah and Marton public schools.

High: Engadine, Cronulla, Caringbah, Woolooware, Kirrawee high schools.