Eight hotels across the Nicholls electorate will receive financial support from the Federal Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business and employ more Australians.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the grants – totalling more than $185,000 in Nicholls – would help fund projects that provide genuine and lasting energy savings and reduce operating costs for local hotels.

“These grants will help local operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs, including for local electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers,” Mr Drum said.

Successful grant recipients in Nicholls:

  • Big Valley Lakeside Paradise Motor Inn – Shepparton ($25,000)
  • Southgate Motor Inn – Shepparton ($25,000)
  • Kyabram Country Motel – Kyabram ($25,000)
  • The Blue Brick Hotel – Kyabram ($25,000)
  • Hurley’s Hotel – Kyabram ($23,527)
  • Country Home Motor Inn – Shepparton ($21,275)
  • Paddlewheel Motel – Echuca ($21,566)
  • Pines Country Club Motor Inn – Shepparton ($19,217)

Mr Drum said the funding would help lower energy bills by, for example, upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning and improving insulation through the installation of block-out blinds.

“Energy costs are one of the biggest overheads for publicans and hotel owners and these grants will reduce these operating costs and help them reinvest in their business during this critical time as we emerge from COVID-19,” Mr Drum said.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Federal Government was committed to helping local operators get back on their feet.

“As we secure Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, backing businesses to get ahead is a key priority of the Federal Government,” Mr Taylor said.

“More than 85 per cent of the grants awarded will go to hotels in regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions.

“This is good news for tourist destinations welcoming back visitors after COVID-19-related restrictions.”

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 Federal Budget and is part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies, which will create new jobs, reduce emissions, and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.

Hotels, motels, and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants of up to $25,000 under the program.

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