The Federal Government is supporting dairy farmers across Nicholls with almost $1.25 million worth of grants to lower their power bills so they can reinvest in their business and employ more people.
Through the Energy Efficient Communities Program, 66 dairy farming operations in Nicholls have been awarded grants of up to $20,000, resulting in total funding of $1,245,857.
Under the program, more than 550 grants were awarded to dairy businesses across the country.
The assistance will help reduce energy bills through the switch to more energy efficient equipment such as vacuum pumps, cooling and heating equipment or lighting, investing in monitoring systems to better manage energy use, or having energy audits completed.
Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said dairy farmers are critical to the sustainability of regional Australia so it is important the Federal Government continued to support them.
“Helping these dairy businesses cut their power bills by becoming more energy efficient will ease the financial pressures they face while also reducing our emissions as a whole. It’s a win-win,” Mr Drum said.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the Federal Government was supporting dairy farmers to invest in energy-saving activities for the benefit of their business and the country.
“Dairy farmers are at the centre of an industry every Australian relies on – the products they produce line our supermarket shelves and fill our fridges,” Mr Taylor said.
“With energy a significant cost of doing business in the dairy industry, these grants will help farmers lower their bills and help ensure the long-term viability of their businesses.”
Minister for Agriculture, Drought and Emergency Management, David Littleproud, said energy use in milk cooling, milk harvesting and hot water production is one of the major overheads in the dairy shed, so anything to reduce costs will help support the financial resilience of these farmers.
“Many businesses are struggling at the moment and dairy farmers, in particular, are continuing to do it tough in the drought and the aftermath of devastating bushfires,” Mr Littleproud said.
“These grants will provide welcome support at a time when so many in the agricultural sector are struggling.”
The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia’s 2030 climate commitments.