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DAN TEHAN MP
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR WANNON
SHADOW MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP
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OVER $367,000 TO CUT ENERGY COSTS FOR FOOD & BEVERAGE MANUFACTURERS

May 12, 2022

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

Through the food and beverage round of the Energy Efficient Communities program, fifteen manufacturers in Wannon will receive grants of up to $25,000.

The funding will help lower their energy bills and reduce emissions by upgrading to more energy-efficient appliances including refrigeration, carrying out energy audits and installing energy monitoring equipment.

A re-elected Morrison Government will continue to support small and medium businesses cut their energy costs through a new $60 million Powering Business grants program and a $17.9 million expansion to the Business Energy Advice Program.

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said a key way to support businesses in rebounding from the pandemic is by reducing overheads like energy.

“This investment by the Morrison Government could amount to significant savings for these businesses in Wannon making a noticeable difference to their bottom line,” Minister Taylor said.

“The food and beverage industry underpins a stronger economy in Wannon, and we are backing businesses to be more competitive through these grants to lower their power costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs in the Wannon electorate.”

Liberal Member for Wannon said the funding for the fifteen businesses would go a long way to cutting costs.
“The food and beverage industry has been doing it really tough over the past few years and the cost of power can really hold back growth,” Mr Tehan said.

“This is an important industry, particularly in Wannon and I look forward to this investment helping these critical businesses thrive and grow, creating jobs and opportunities for locals.”

The Energy Efficient Communities Food and Beverage Manufacturing Business Grants program opened in January 2022, for grants of between $10,000 and $25,000 available to food and beverage manufacturing businesses with under two hundred employees.

Only the Morrison Government has a plan to create a strong economy and a stronger future for Wannon.

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