Energy efficiency program one of 25 to share in $90K Sustainable Communities Fund

22 August 2011

A program implemented by the Southern 500 Speedway to cut electricity use by around 30% has received the largest grant in the 2011 Portland Sustainable Communities Fund. The program was one of 25 to share in the $90,000 pool of funding.

“There are some fantastic programs that have shared in the Sustainable Communities Fund this year,” said Mr Lane Crockett, Pacific Hydro’s General Manager for Australia, who visited Cape Bridgewater to meet with successful community applicants at a special Sustainable Communities Fund presentation ceremony (16 August).

“The successful recipients this year cover a broad range of programs and include an art and craft program for socially disadvantaged adults living in the Portland area as well as tools and equipment for the Heywood and Portland Mens’ Sheds,” said Mr Crockett.

Each year for the operating life of the Cape Bridgewater and Cape Nelson South Wind Farms, $90,000 is available to local community groups through the company’s Sustainable Communities Fund.

“It’s always difficult to short list applicants and this year it was especially tough,” said Mr Crockett.  “We received 46 applications highlighting the fantastic work being undertaken by communities. It’s just unfortunate we were not able to fund them all.”

This year’s funding has been shared between groups working to make a positive and lasting contribution to communities including Portland, Cape Bridgwater, Cape Nelson, Heywood and Tyrendarra.

“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Glenelg Shire, Portland Aluminium, United Way Glenelg and community members who have assisted us in reviewing applications. This help ensures that we do not double-up in funding projects and identifies local priorities,” said Mr Crockett.

The Portland Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the wind farms. The Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available for the life of the wind farms’ operation.