Member for Barker Tony Pasin MP has written to the Federal Labor Minister for Climate Change and Energy, the Hon Chris Bowen MP urging him to release funding to 34 businesses in Barker who were successful in applications for funding through the Energy Efficiency Communities (EEC) grants program announced more than five months ago.
The 34 local businesses in Barker join more than 750 others across Australia who were to receive grants between $10,000 and $25,000 made available through a competitive process for businesses to implement energy efficiency practices and technologies, and better manage energy consumption to reduce their power bills.
“Australian food and beverage manufacturers across Australia looking to lower their energy costs and reduce emissions have been snubbed by the Albanese Labor Government” Mr Pasin said.
“The Government’s failure to deliver the small grants is causing issues within the small businesses who have budgeted based on this funding being delivered.
“It’s causing angst and uncertainty in our food and beverage manufacturing sector when they can least afford it” Mr Pasin said.
Successful projects were chosen through a competitive grants process led by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources after considering them for eligibility.
Robert Roylance, of Roylancer Distillery Co in Mannum was who was successful in a funding grant for $14,000 under the EEC program, said he was hoping the grant would help reduce energy costs, allowing him to invest more in business development.
“As a small business owner in the main street of Mannum, this grant has the potential to further develop our business and alleviate the growing costs of utility bills,” Mr Roylance said.
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