The Federal Coalition Government is supporting community groups across Capricornia to help them increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions. The funding includes:
- Nanyima Aged Care (Mirani) – upgrade air conditioners ($11,041)
- Rocky Softball – install e-switch ($5,300)
- Cawarral Cricket Club – upgrade appliances ($5,805)
- C&K Moranbah – replace lighting with LEDs ($5,823)
- The Caves Pony Club – new lighting & fridge ($7,760)
- Emu Park CWA – install solar system ($7,883)
- Yeppoon Little Theatre – install solar system ($9,200)
The grants from the Powering Communities Program will enable the not-for-profit groups to cut their power bills and carbon emissions while supporting local jobs.
Announcing the grant outcomes, Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said that lowering the energy costs of community groups will be extremely beneficial.
“This funding of between $5,000 and $12,000 to community groups will allow them to spend more on their essential activities,” Ms Landry said.
“Local jobs will be created through the energy-efficiency measures undertaken by the successful funding applicants under the program.
“These include installing solar panels, replacing lighting with LEDs, upgrading air conditioners, and purchasing more efficient appliances.
“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for volunteer organisations, and these grants will be a welcome boost.
“Community groups are the lifeblood of Capricornia. The more they can save on running costs, the more they can spend to support the region.”
Applications for grants under the program opened in March 2021. Each Federal MP, with the assistance of a committee representing the local community, nominated projects, and invited groups to apply for the grant funding.
The Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources selected the successful applicants after considering them for eligibility and completeness.