DAN TEHAN MP
MINISTER FOR TRADE, TOURISM & INVESTMENT
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON

LOWERING ENERGY COSTS FOR COMMUNITY GROUPS

April 9, 2021

Community groups across Wannon will be supported by a new Morrison Government program to lower energy costs, support local jobs and help reduce global emissions.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the Powering Communities Program will fund up to 12 projects worth a total of $67,700 in Wannon. Grants of between $5,000 and $12,000 will be available to eligible community organisations, with no co-contribution required.

The grant will assist groups to lower their energy bills by installing solar panels or a battery, upgrading air conditioners, hot water systems or a refrigerator with more efficient models, replacing lighting with LEDs or conducting an energy audit.

Mr Tehan said when not-for-profit groups invest in their community, it helps local economies to grow and supports local jobs.

“Energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for not-for-profit organisations,” Mr Tehan said.

“Whether it’s a sports club, a senior citizens club or a charity group, by helping to reduce power bills, the grants will ease the financial pressure these organisations face so they can better focus on meeting the needs of our local community.”

“We recognise the great work that many community groups across Wannon do and know that many have done it tough during COVID-19. The program will help them to do what they do best, which is serve and support the community.”

“I encourage local community to groups to submit an expression of interest to my office by 5:00 pm on the Wednesday 5th May.”

Local Federal Members of Parliament will play a key role in identifying the projects to be supported in their electorate, with the assistance of a committee that represents the local community.

The Powering Communities Program will help community groups across Wannon get control of their energy use, while helping to play a part in reducing global emissions and ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

Further information on the program, including eligibility guidelines, is available at www.business.gov.au or by contacting my office on 5561 6405.

PLEASE NOTE: WANNON EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY, 2021 AT 5:00 PM

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