A $25,000 govt grant for Licola energy efficiency

LICOLA Wilderness Village will receive state government funding to enable it to be more environmentally friendly by conserving energy and reducing waste.

Gippsland East MLA Tim Bull said $25,000 had been allocated to the village to help it reduce operating costs, boost productivity and reduce its environmental footprint.

Village operations manager Adam Wake said the $25,000 grant from Sustainability Victoria had acted as a springboard for it to put in an additional $40,000 of its own money to further its goal of greater energy efficiency.

“As we are not connected to the grid, we presently rely on monthly diesel deliveries to fuel our three generators supplying about 75 per cent of the town’s power needs.

Mr Wake said the village planned to instal a new gas fired combination oven to replace an existing electric oven, rebuild its 88kVA generator to increase fuel efficiency and reprogram a diesel control system for more savings.

It was also planned to instal an electricity metering display and monitoring system, replace some lights with LED sensor lights and change a water treatment and delivery pump to a variable speed pump.

“Just these changes alone are expected to net an annual saving of around $30,000 with further savings attributable to habit or operational changes,” Mr Wake said.

Mr Bull said this funding was through the state government’s Smarter Resources Smarter Businesses program which had provided 69 Victorian businesses with a share of $1.8 million in funding.

“Businesses receiving funding are located across Victoria and come from a range of sectors including manufacturing, retail, food and beverage, agriculture, tourism and aged care and it’s great to see Licola Wilderness Village receiving a boost from these sustainability grants,” he said.

For more information about the government’s Smarter Resources Smarter Businesses program visit www.sustain ability.vic.gov.au/srsb