Helping local organisations become more energy efficient

Labor candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, today highlighted how the Federal Government is helping central Victorian organisations to save energy costs and reduce their carbon pollution.

"There are a lot of smart things that businesses and other organisations can do to reduce emissions and save costs," Ms Chesters said.

"While Labor is working with local organisations to reduce costs and help control global warming, the Liberal Party is out there scaring them and threatening to rip these co-investment programs away."

Ms Chesters said a $164,000 upgrade of energy efficiency and solar equipment using finance from Low Carbon Australia will enable Central Goldfields Shire Council lower its energy costs, and reduce carbon emissions, by an estimated 14 per cent in three of its buildings in Maryborough.

And finance from Low Carbon Australia of $105,000 is helping Mount Alexander Shire Council install new lighting at its heritage-listed former School of Mines building in Castlemaine, which will cut energy bills by about 40 per cent as well as reducing its carbon pollution by about 65 tonnes a year.

At Bendigo manufacturer Victoria Carpets, a grant of almost $110,000 from the Labor Government's $1 billion Clean Technology Investment Programs is helping install modern, high-tech lighting and heating that will reduce carbon emissions and energy intensity by about 20 per cent.

“These Federal Government programs are part of Labor’s plan for a Clean Energy Future and they give direct, practical help to businesses and other organisations to become more energy efficient, more competitive and more sustainable," Ms Chesters said.

“I encourage more local organisations to access the support the Labor Government is providing through these programs."

More information is available from the Clean Energy Future website at http://www.cleanenergyfuture.gov.au.