Funding boost for local hotels

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SMALL and medium accommodation providers across our region are being supported by the Federal Government in lowering their power bills. 

Through the $10.2M Hotel Energy Uplift Program, hotels, motels, and serviced apartment complexes with less than 100 rooms can access grants of up to $25,000 for energy-saving projects, with 400 grants are on offer. Applications close April 1, 2021 (or earlier if funding is exhausted).

This will reduce energy costs for hotel operators and support the creation of local jobs, including for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers.   

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said the program comes at an important time, as the tourism and accommodation sector looks to get back on its feet.   

“With 80 per cent of small to medium hotels located in regional Australia, these grants will provide a significant boost to our regions,” Mr Taylor said.   

“The upgrade projects will provide genuine and lasting energy savings, and will have a positive flow-on effect for jobs and small businesses.”   

Federal Member for Nicholls, Damian Drum, said the grants will help hotels across the region to reduce their energy bills.

“Energy costs are one of the biggest overheads for publicans and hotel owners and these grants will reduce these operating costs and help them reinvest in their business during this critical time,” Mr Drum said.