“The NSW Government is putting out the call for local tradies to install smart LED lights in public schools as the LED Lighting Upgrade Program continues”, said Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh.
The $157.8 million initiative was launched last year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and is targeted at replacing old inefficient lights in NSW public schools with smart LED lights.
Mr Singh said schools and students on the Coffs Coast will benefit from this program for years to come.
“This is exciting news and I would encourage local tradies to explore the opportunities to install the new LED lights,” Mr Singh said.
“The lights can be tuned to mimic natural light which can help students’ education by improving their attentiveness and comprehension.”
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.
This program utilises the Local Trade Schemes supporting more than 1,200 jobs by using local tradespeople to do installation work where possible. This will help to stimulate local economies and help communities recover from the impacts of COVID-19.
Local tradies will be able to tender for 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.
The LED Lighting Upgrade Program will bring savings on electricity bills and also improve the sustainability of schools and take steps towards the NSW Government’s commitment to achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
The above is a media release dated 28 September from the office of the MLC for Coffs Harbour, Gurmesh Singh
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