$150,000 for efficient lighting program for Southern Gateway

Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird today welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, and Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Mark Dreyfus, that the Wollongong Council had been successful in gaining a grant of $150,000 for the upgrade of internal and outdoor lighting in the Southern Gateway Centre. The total project will cost $300,000.

The grant is one of $42 million in grants to improve energy efficiency in community buildings and facilities. Improving energy efficiency is a central element of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future plan, to help boost productivity in our economy and move Australia towards a low-carbon future.

“The 63 successful round one recipients of the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) will co-fund projects to improve energy efficiency in community buildings such as museums, indoor sports and aquatic centres, art galleries and libraries,” Mr Combet said.

“Demonstration is a key objective of this program and grant recipients will be required to demonstrate and encourage smart energy use within councils, organisations and the broader community,” Mr Dreyfus said.

“The grant to Wollongong City Council was one of 63 successful projects funded from over 295 applications in the first round of CEEP,” Ms Bird said.

Applications were assessed by an independent committee on the potential to improve energy efficiency, encourage and demonstrate energy management, value for money, project management and design. The $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program has multiple rounds. An announcement on round two will be made later this year.