The Northern Territory Government’s school undergrounding power project is well underway, with works now commencing at a further three Territory primary schools.
Following the devastation of Cyclone Marcus in 2018, the Territory Government announced it would recommence the program after it was scrapped by the CLP government in 2012.
The three new schools beginning undergrounding are:
- Jingili Primary
- Moil Primary
- Larrakeyah Primary
In severe weather events, undergrounded power to schools will help keep them connected, enabling them to remain open and provide safe environments for children while recovery efforts take place.
Schools will also be offered the opportunity to participate in the program by providing artwork to decorate the substation at their school.
All nine Darwin Schools will receive undergrounding power works with Alawa Primary, Nemarluk Primary and Wagaman Primary School completing their undergrounding power in 2019.
Treasurer, Nicole Manison, said the works will help schools avoid losing power during severe weather events and provide safe environments for children during recovery efforts.
“We are providing funding specifically to underground power supply to suburban schools, which will see every Darwin residential suburb that has above ground power receive a benefit from this project, while also seeing a roll out of local ongoing jobs,” Ms Manison said.