Murrindindi To Save On Energy Bills
Murrindindi Shire Council will be awarded $25,000 from the Andrews Labor Government to assess opportunities for reducing its energy use and installing renewable energy on Council buildings and community facilities.
The $3.4 million Local Government Energy Saver Program is helping resource constrained Councils in country areas to reduce their energy consumption and operating costs from community facilities such as libraries, civic and recreation centres.
Murrindindi Shire Council will conduct energy audits on 14 sites that have high energy demand.
The council has chosen 14 facilities to be audited based on their high energy use – collectively the facilities account for over 75% of council’s total electricity consumption including:
- Council’s Headquarter Offices (Alexandra)
- Alexandra Library
- Alexandra Shire Hall and Council Chambers
- UGFM Community Radio Headquarters and Council Storage Room
- Kinglake Office and Library
- Yea Office and Library
- Maternal and Child Health and Early-childhood Centres in Yea and Marysville
- Municipal Swimming Pools in Eildon, Marysville, Alexandra and Yea
- Marysville Community Centre
- VIC/Arts and Tourism Hub in Marysville
“We’re helping country councils to reduce their energy bills so that more money can go towards services for local communities,” Ms Symes said.
“Local Government will play a critical role in achieving our target of zero net emissions by 2050. By making Council buildings more efficient we’re helping to reduce emissions and taking a forward-thinking approach to climate change.”
The facilities are also highly visible in the community and provide opportunity for engagement around energy efficiency and behaviour change. The audit findings will be used to develop business cases for submission to council’s annual capital works bid for the 2019/20 year.
Council is also contributing $30,000 of its own funds to conduct energy efficiency audits on additional community facilities, beyond the scope of the sites funded by the grant.
The program provides specialist expertise and funding to help Councils assess their emissions profile, undertake energy audits on priority sites, and co-fund upgrades to areas such as lighting, ventilation, heating and cooling, and renewable energy.