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Two community groups in Gippsland are on their way to becoming more energy efficient after securing welcome financial help from the Federal Government.

Local MP Darren Chester has announced the Sale Tennis Club and Heyfield’s War Memorial Hall will now be able to further save energy using funds from the Energy Efficient Communities Program.

The committee of management for Heyfield’s War Memorial Hall recently installed 120 solar panels to meet its electricity needs. The committee will now receive $10,000 through the program to upgrade its electricity meters.

Sale Tennis Club has been granted almost $12,500 to replace outdated and inefficient lights, including security and court lights. The upgrade will put the club a step closer to becoming energy neutral.

Mr Chester said this government investment in community infrastructure would help to free up money for these two local not-for-profit organisations.

“If community groups can save on running costs, they can redirect more resources towards better serving their members and their community,” Mr Chester said.

The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Federal Government’s Climate Solutions Package in the 2019 Budget.



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