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A cooler future in store for Australian schools

The air conditioning of schools and education facilities has become a priority for many communities throughout Australia.

The necessity for the next generation of students to be able to concentrate and be comfortable in a learning environment has been identified by QLD State Government as essential in achieving positive learning outcomes.

The Palaszczuk Government recently announced a record investment of $1.464 billion into building new state schools and refurbishing, maintaining and expanding existing state schools right across Queensland.

QLD Education Minister Grace Grace said the Palaszczuk Government was committed to delivering the new and enhanced education infrastructure Queensland’s growing state schools needed now and into the future.

Ms Grace said the 2019-20 Budget included increased funding of $100 million over four years for priority state school air-conditioning projects which, including existing investment, will bring total funding to $191 million over five years.  

“This will include urgent replacement of air-conditioning units in schools in the Cooler Schools Zone and other priority school air-conditioning projects as identified through a review of state school air-conditioning needs,” she said.

INTREC Management have been heavily involved in the QLD Cooler Schools program throughout the last 7 years and have delivered building services and replacement projects at over 19 state schools thus far, including Moura State School, Rockhampton State High School and Clinton State School. Over the course of these projects, INTREC have developed extensive experience in delivering projects via this niche procurement route, offering value for money and a quality result consistently delivered on time.

The INTREC team are currently delivering air conditioning and electrical upgrades at St George & Hebel Schools and Mackay District Special School.

St George State School Principal Veronica Kostaschuk has found working with the INTREC team to be a positive and involved process.

“INTREC have such a great crew who work hard, are very professional to deal with and have that extra dose of pride in everything that they do,” Ms Kostaschuk said.

INTREC are focused on using the shared knowledge, experience and thorough understanding of the Cooler Schools projects to continue to exceed expectations, both in Queensland and in New South Wales.

With the NSW Government recently committing to an investment of $500 million to provide a sustainable air conditioning program for NSW schools, more than 900 schools have been announced benefit from the Cooler Classrooms Fund – the largest investment of its kind in NSW history.

NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes said the NSW Government’s Cooler Classrooms program was both economically and environmentally sustainable. “We’re installing solar panels and ‘smart systems’ alongside the air conditioning units, so schools can offset their additional energy use and efficiently heat and cool their schools,” he said.

In addition to the hundreds of schools benefiting under the Cooler Classrooms program, air conditioning will be delivered in all new and upgraded schools under the Government’s record $6 billion school building program over the next four years.

With INTREC’s Cooler Schools projects consistently delivered within programme and to a high standard in Queensland, the company is poised to explore future air conditioning upgrade opportunities in New South Wales from the success of these works.

 If you’d like to discuss INTREC’s services upgrade capabilities further, please get in touch with Amy Williams, National Client Relationship Manager at or call 0451 155 663.