Small businesses via the Energy Efficient Communities Program in the Riverland will receive support from the Morrison Government to cut energy costs, putting more money back in the pockets of local business owners as we recover from COVID-19.

Through the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program two small businesses in the Riverland have been awarded grants to slash their energy costs.

TM Aerial Applications in Berri has been awarded $9,181 to create irrigation efficiencies and Yannakoudis Nursery in Loxton has been awarded $20,000 to upgrade cool room refrigeration to create energy efficiencies.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said the Morrison Government was focused on bringing down the cost of energy for small businesses.

“Energy bills are a significant overhead for many small businesses. These grants will help small businesses all around Australia pay less on their energy bills, allowing them keep their doors open, expand their business and employ more Australians.”

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said helping small businesses lower their energy costs is critical for them to prosper, grow and create more jobs.

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities and the backbone of the Australian economy. Employing over 6 million Australians, our 3.5 million small businesses contribute over $418 billion to our national economy” Minister Cash said.

“Lowering energy bills for our small businesses through the Energy Efficient Communities Program will help alleviate financial pressure and deliver the conditions they need to succeed.”

Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin said local small businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the grants would be a welcome boost.

“As we recover from the impacts of COVID-19, small businesses like TM Aerial Applications and Yannakoudis Nursery will play a key role in our plan for a stronger economy,” Tony Pasin said.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia’s 2030 climate commitments.

The full list of successful applicants for the small business grants is available on


Minister Taylor’s office:  Liam O’Neil, 0428 113 617

Minister Cash’s office:  Guy Creighton, 0438 815 302

Tony Pasin’s office: Vanessa Juergens, 8531 2466