Schoolkids will love Danny's cool idea
HERE is a cool idea from Division 3 candidate Danny Donohue.
Mr Donohue has the bold plan to put air-conditioning in every school classroom by next summer, and he intends to get cracking on it pronto.
The Division 3 hopeful said enacting the plan would be his "first order of business" if elected on March 19 and that he would seek his fellow councillors' support.
"The first thing I will do is approach all elected councillors and advocate for grants to school P&Cs specifically to air-condition our classrooms," Mr Donohue said.
"It should be an easy sell.
"Who wouldn't want to improve our children's education by making conditions more comfortable for them?"
Now well into February, Ipswich has been experiencing regular temperatures in the high 30-degree mark
Mr Donohue said that given the climate in Ipswich, air-conditioning in schools was something that needed to be acted on.
"Ipswich is always several degrees hotter than Brisbane in summer," he said.
"It is time we got on the front foot and did something to help our kids' education.
"When you think about the recent heat we've experienced, it must be difficult for children to concentrate and for teachers to keep their class focused.
"I hope this initiative will make it easier for students to learn and be happy at school."
Mr Donohue said there was no need for Ipswich City Council to wait for the State Government or the Department of Education to act.
"We can do this. Council has a long history of providing grants to school P&Cs," he said.
"All we need to do is utilise the current grants process and tweak it to allow school P&Cs to apply to have their classrooms air-conditioned. It's that easy."
Mr Donohue conceded that it would require increased funding but pointed out that it should not be considered such a big cost on the ratepayer.
"Let's get our priorities right," he said.
"When you consider the budget Ipswich has for things like marketing, investing in the education of our children is not all that costly. It is something we have to do".