High energy using businesses in Barker are being supported by the Morrison Government to cut energy costs and improve their resilience as the economy recovers from COVID-19.

Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said three successful projects in Barker have received grants through the High Energy Using Business stream of the Government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program.

The successful projects in Barker include:

  • Riddoch Trading Pty Ltd – Union Dairy Company Effluent Pond Improvement Plan, $12,987
  • Timberlink Australia Pty Limited – LED lighting upgrade Tarpeena Sawmill, $25,000
  • Orora Limited – Orora Beverage Targeted Compressed Air Energy Study and Leak Detection, $25,000

“For businesses across Barker energy costs make up a large part of their operating expenses,” Mr Pasin said.

“Supporting industries to reinvest in their businesses, grow, thrive and employ more locals has never been more important as we emerge from the COVID-19 recession.”

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said bringing down the cost of energy for businesses is a priority of the Morrison Government.

“For these businesses in particular, energy costs are a high proportion of their operating expenses,” Minister Taylor said.

“This program was targeted and designed to help large businesses such as manufacturers, smelters and food producers to reduce these costs and support jobs and communities across the country that rely on their operations.”

Successful applicants will match the grants with an equally-sized co-contribution.

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 high energy using business grants is available at business.gov.au