The Nationals in government are helping community groups across Nicholls increase their energy efficiency and reduce emissions, with seven not-for-profit organisations receiving funding via the latest round of the Federal Government’s Power Communities Program.

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, today announced the successful applicants, who collectively will receive grants worth $43,555:

  • Nagambie Lakes Community House ($8650): new solar panels
  • Nathalia Bowling Club ($6500): new solar panels
  • Congupna Football Club ($6500): new LED lights for netball courts
  • Tongala RSL sub-branch ($5490): new solar panels
  • Rochester Historical and Pioneer Society ($5490): energy efficiency measures
  • Seymour Youth and Fitness Club ($5480): New hot water system and split system
  • Kyabram Valley View Golf and Bowls Club ($5445): new solar panels

Mr Drum said the Powering Communities Program grants would enable each of the groups to cut their power bills and carbon emissions, while supporting local jobs.

“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for volunteer organisations, and these grants will be a welcome boost,” Mr Drum said.

“The more money these organisations can save on running costs, the more money they can dedicate to servicing the community.”

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said reducing the energy costs of community groups would have a positive impact, both locally and nationally.

“At the same time these groups are providing increased assistance to their local communities, they will be playing a part in our national efforts to reduce emissions,” Mr Taylor said.

“Local jobs will be created through the energy-efficiency measures undertaken, including installing solar panels or a battery, replacing lighting with LEDs, conducting energy audits and upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models.”

Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Tim Wilson, said the grants were part of the Federal Government’s commitment to increase the nation’s energy efficiency, while meeting and beating our emissions reduction targets.

“The Federal Government is focused on empowering community groups, businesses and households to be part of our journey to carbon neutrality,” Mr Wilson said.

“Unlike Labor’s tax-first approach, our focus on technology is helping to lower Australia’s emissions, while also reducing electricity bills.”


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