JMR with Minister for Energy Angus Taylor

The Morrison Government is providing a vital funding boost to regional hotels to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program has awarded grants of up to $25,000 including to a number of hotels across the Corangamite, Bendigo and Ballarat electorates to upgrade air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, double glaze windows and insulate and install energy monitoring equipment.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the grants would help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings and reduce operating costs for local hotels.

“In this extraordinarily difficult time for regional tourism we want to support local businesses cut costs where they can to recover as quickly as possible from the pandemic,” Senator Henderson said.

“The Morrison Government is providing targeted support to reduce operating costs to ensure money stays within the business while supporting the creation of new jobs, including for local electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers,” Senator Henderson said.

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program is part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will create new jobs now and into the future, reduce emissions and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Morrison Government is committed to helping local operators get back on their feet.

“As we secure Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, backing businesses to get ahead is a key priority of the Morrison Government,” said Minister Taylor.

“Over 85 per cent of the grants awarded will go to hotels in regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions. This is good news for tourist destinations welcoming back visitors after COVID-19-related restrictions.”

Successful recipients are:

Ballarat electorate

  • $25,000 to Rooms @ Carboni’s at Ballarat East to upgrade Inefficient Heating & Cooling
  • $25,000 to Central Springs Inn at Daylesford for a tailored energy uplift project
  • $12,600 to Woodmanshill Motel at Warrenheip to replace old air conditioners

Bendigo electorate

  • $25,000 to Central Deborah Motel at Bendigo for window thermal efficiency
  • $16,615 to Julie-Anna Inn at Bendigo for solar evacuated hot water system
  • $25,000 to Central Highlands Motor Inn at Kyneton for a double-glazed window upgrade

Corangamite electorate

  • $20,800 to Lightkeepers Inn Motel at Aireys Inlet to upgrade guest room air conditioners and controllers
  • $25,000 to the Great Ocean Road Resort at Anglesea for an overall energy uplift
  • $25,000 to Anglesea Riverside Motel for their unique uplift program
  • $25,000 to Best Western Apollo Bay Motel and Apartments for an ongoing energy reduction project
  • $25,000 to Winchelsea Tavern for an air conditioning and refrigeration upgrade