JMR with Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor

Small and medium food and beverage manufacturers across the Corangamite and Corio electorates are receiving vital grants from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more locals and get ahead.

Seven local manufacturers across the Corangamite and Corio electorates have received grants totalling more than $161,700 through the food and beverage round of the Energy Efficient Communities program, to help them slash costs.

The funding will help lower their energy bills and reduce emissions by upgrading to more energy efficient appliances including refrigeration, carrying out energy audits and installing energy monitoring equipment.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson congratulated local businesses owners on the following successful grants:

Corangamite

  • $25,000 for Bellarine Distillery at Drysdale for a heat recovery project
  • $11,700 for Brewicolo at Ocean Grove for new energy monitoring equipment

Corio

  • $25,000 for Farm Foods at Breakwater to upgrade technology to reduce consumption
  • $25,000 for Cabbage Truck Design at Breakwater to modernise equipment
  • $25,000 for Bellarine Foods at Corio to install new pumps for dairy manufacturing
  • $25,000 for Front Lawn Brewing at South Geelong to upgrade brewing equipment
  • $25,000 for Beyond Boot Camp at St Albans Park for an energy reduction project

“The food and beverage industry has been challenged through the pandemic and this funding aims to reduce some of the pressures of the cost of energy on business,” Senator Henderson said.

“I look forward to this investment helping these critical businesses thrive and grow, creating jobs and opportunities for locals.”

Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor, said a key way to support businesses in rebounding from the pandemic is by reducing overheads like energy.

“This investment by the Morrison Government could amount to significant savings for these local small businesses making a noticeable difference to their bottom line,” Minister Taylor said.

A re-elected Morrison Government will continue to support small and medium businesses cut their energy costs through a new $60 million Powering Business grants program, and a $17.9 million expansion to the Business Energy Advice Program. 

Comments from Liberal for Corangamite Stephanie Asher

The food and beverage industry underpins a stronger economy and we are backing businesses to be more competitive through these grants to lower their power costs.

Only the Morrison Government has a plan to create a strong economy and a stronger future for Corangamite.

Comments from Liberal candidate for Corio Manish Patel

Across the Corio electorate, food manufacturers and hospitality businesses have been doing it tough.

This vital funding will slash expenses, putting more money back in the pockets of local business owners and support the creation of new jobs.

12 May 2022