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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

$128,800 for the City of Greater Bendigo through New Energy Jobs Fund

Bendigo State Members Maree Edwards and Jacinta Allan today announced two projects totally $128,800 to further develop the City of Greater Bendigo new energy technology sector.

The funding announcement is part of the second round of the Andrew Labor Government’s $20 million New Energy Jobs Fund (NEJF), announced by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio.

The NEJF will support the City of Greater Bendigo with funding to develop two project business cases. This will support the uptake of renewable energy, reduce emissions and assist community groups to develop projects.

Funding support of $83,300 will enable the City of Greater Bendigo to instigate a business case into institutional bike share (cycleport) across the Bendigo CBD and LaTrobe University Campus.

“This funding will enable the City of Greater Bendigo to find the best possible approach to reducing transport emissions, reducing congestion and creating local jobs in manufacturing in our region”, Ms Edwards said.     

The second project will see the City of Greater Bendigo received $45,500 to deliver a feasibility study on heating and power solutions for regional and rural aquatic centres.

The study will include an evaluation of alternative pool heating technologies including options to improve the energy management and viability of these pools and the role of renewables and energy efficiency in supporting this.

“The project will identify reductions in operating costs and energy as well as the use of renewables for existing aquatic centre facilities that are such important community facilities”, Ms Edwards said.  

Over 50 applications were received in round two of the New Energy Jobs Fund, resulting in 21 successful projects receiving a total of over $6 million in grants.

Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards said the New Energy Jobs Fund is a great example of the Andrew Labor Government’s commitment to developing the renewable energy industry and creating more jobs for the state.

Member for Bendigo East, Jacinta Allan said these projects are one of many right across Victoria that are making the most of opportunities presented through renewable energy generation.

The third round of NEJF grants is expected to open later this year.

More information on the NEJF at: http://www.business.vic.gov.au/support-for-your-business/future-industries/new-energy-technologies

 

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