June 11, 2021

Small and medium hotels across Wannon are receiving support from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead.

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, eleven hotels in Wannon from Casterton to Great Western to Portland to Peterborough and to Terang would receive grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Mr Tehan said the grants would help fund projects that will 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 Tehan said.

The grants will help businesses to lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, improving the building through double glazing and insulation, carrying out energy audits or installing energy monitoring equipment.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Morrison Government is 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 Morrison Government,” said Minister Taylor.

“Over 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 Budget and is part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will create new jobs now and into the future, 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 under the program.

Albion Hotel Motel CastertonMotel energy efficiency upgrades$23,500
Great Western Hotel MotelMotel energy efficiency upgrades$25,000
Gariwerd Motel, Halls GapMotel energy efficiency upgrades$25,000
Hamilton Townhouse MotelWindow coverings$10,000
AAT 28 Goldsmith Motel, HamiltonUpgrade air conditioners and washing machines$24,668
Peterborough House MotelMotel energy efficiency upgrades$12,165
Seacombe House, Port FairySun block out blinds$25,000
Seaview House, PortlandLED lighting$14,161
Cape Nelson Lighthouse AccommodationUpgrade of washing machines and dryers$24,990
Terang Motor InnMotel energy efficiency upgrades$14,680
Townbrook Motels Pty Lyd Trading as The Deep Blue, WarrnamboolUpgrade of heat pumps and fridges$21,723
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