Clean energy for city schools on Labor’s agenda

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WA Premier Mark McGowan with Wandina Primary School students Lailaa Doley and Toby Mitchell, both 6.
Camera IconWA Premier Mark McGowan with Wandina Primary School students Lailaa Doley and Toby Mitchell, both 6. Credit: Elise Van Aken/The Geraldton Guardian

Three Geraldton public primary schools will get virtual clean power plants if Labor is re-elected, Premier Mark McGowan promised yesterday while visiting a leafy Wandina park.

While in Geraldton, the Premier also pledged cash injections into the City’s youth and cultural services if Labor wins power on March 13. The power project is part of a $44.46 million clean energy technology package for schools announced late last year.

The plants would use clean technology — both battery and solar — to help cut energy costs and improve the region’s carbon footprint.

Which Mid West schools are chosen will be assessed if Labor secures a second term. The Premier and Ms Dalton also promised a $44,000 performing arts stage for the Bundiyarra Cultural Precinct if re-elected, with Mr McGowan saying it would take the facility “to the next level”.

Ms Dalton said the proposed stage would create new opportunities for Wadjarri and Yamatji people to share traditional culture with both locals and tourists.

Additionally, they promised $101,000 to help support the Geraldton Aboriginal Streetworks Corporation, which is also known as “Streeties”, improve its facilities.

Ms Dalton said the group did great work in Geraldton’s community but that its facilities — both in town and out on Gunnando farm — desperately needed a makeover.

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