December 14, 2020

Small businesses across Wannon are getting support from the Morrison Government to cut energy costs, putting more money back in the pockets of local business owners as we recover from COVID-19.

Through the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program three small business in Wannon have been awarded grants of up to $20,000.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said local small businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the grants would be a welcome boost.

The grants will help Eurambeen Events Company upgrade their hot water efficiency, Ballangeich Run to install a heat recovery system and Brian Gleeson in reducing his energy costs.

“As we recover from the impacts of COVID-19, small businesses like these will play a key role in our plan for a stronger economy,” Mr Tehan said.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Morrison Government was focused on bringing down the cost of energy for small businesses.

“Energy bills are a significant overhead for many small businesses. These grants will help small businesses all around Australia pay less on their energy bills, allowing them keep their doors open, expand their business and employ more Australians.”

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said helping small businesses lower their energy costs is critical for them to prosper, grow and create more jobs.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities and the backbone of the Australian economy. Employing over 6 million Australians, our 3.5 million small businesses contribute over $418 billion to our national economy” Minister Cash said.

“Lowering energy bills for our small businesses through the Energy Efficient Communities Program will help alleviate financial pressure and deliver the conditions they need to succeed.”

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.

The full list of successful applicants for the small business grants is available on business.gov.au

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