Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas visited New Gisborne Primary School to discuss their capital project and test their new solar panels, allocated to the school as part of an $83,000 grant.
The 200 panels will produce around 75kw, meaning the majority of power at New Gisborne will be renewable, saving the school around $20,000 in electricity bills annually. These savings can be invested in better school facilities and programs.
New Gisborne Primary School has also received $3.1 million in funding in the 2019-20 Budget to build new music rooms, upgrade the oval and outdoor learning areas, and install the solar panels at the school.
The Andrews Labor Government has invested $5.6 billion to deliver more than 1,400 school upgrades, supporting over 5,000 construction jobs for Victorians.
Under the Labor Government’s school building boom, a total of 100 new schools will open by 2026, ensuring every child has a great local school and a great start in life. This includes a new primary school to be built in the south of Gisborne which will open in 2022.
This building boom will continue over the coming years, with the Government having appointed builders to start delivering 11 schools across the state that will open in 2020 and 14 schools that will open in 2021.
The Labor Government is building the Education State to ensure that every student can access a great local school and get a quality education.
Quotes attributable to Member for Macedon Mary-Anne Thomas
"The new solar panels at the school will reduce the school’s carbon footprint while also creating savings that can be invested back into the school for better facilities and programs."
"The Andrews Labor Government is proud to support this project, and the partnership between the New Gisborne Primary School and the Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group that made it possible."