The school undergrounding power project is underway with works commencing at three more Territory primary schools this week.
Following the devastation of Cyclone Marcus in 2018, the Territory Labor Government announced it would recommence the program after it was scrapped by the CLP government in 2012.
Jingili Primary, Moil Primary and Larrakeyah Primary are the schools beginning their undergrounding power works this week.
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 completeing their undergrounding power in 2019.
Quotes attributed to Treasurer Nicole Manison:
“The Territory Labor Government is delivering a safe, reliable power network for Territorians. This is in stark contrast to the CLP who scrapped the undergrounding power program and hiked power prices by 30%.
“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.
“During severe weather events this work will help schools avoid losing power and enable them to remain open, providing safe environments for children while recovery efforts occur.”