Two Hervey Bay sports facilities powered up

THE Pialba Bowls Club and Hervey Bay AFL and Cricket Grounds are two facilities set to benefit from funding from the Federal Government to reduce their power bills.

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Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt said the two not-for-profit groups were among nine in the region to receive a grant from the Powering Communities Program.

The Hervey Bay AFL and Cricket Grounds will receive $10,245 to install solar panels, while the Pialba Bowls Club will receive $8,060 for LED lighting.

In total, the share made available to the nine Hinkler groups as part of the Powering Communities Program is in excess of $65,000.

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Mr Pitt said energy bills are often one of the biggest overheads for community organisations.

“These groups and organisations play an important role in our community. The more they can save on running costs, the better they can focus on meeting the needs of our local community,” he said.

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“Whether it’s Bundaberg Meals on Wheels providing a crucial service to many of our senior residents or the Hervey Bay AFL and Cricket Club fostering a love of sport and physical activity, these groups can achieve more with lower power bills. 

“The Powering Communities Program provided funding of between $5,000 and $12,000 to install solar panels, replace lighting with LEDs, upgrade air conditioners or more energy efficient equipment like fridges and freezers.”

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Applications for grants under the program opened in March 2021. Each Federal MP, with the assistance of a committee representing the local community, nominated projects and invited groups to apply for the grant funding. 

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