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Four local surf clubs get solar energy boost

Four local surf life saving clubs will have solar panels fitted to their rooves, enabling them to generate their own power thanks to State Government grants.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South Danny O’Brien said the four clubs to benefit from today’s announcement were Seaspray, Venus Bay, Waratah Beach and Woodside Surf Life Saving Clubs.

Mr O’Brien said the local clubs were among 42 lifesaving clubs across Victoria that would have five kilowatt solar systems fitted to their roofs.

“Energy bills represent a large cost burden for many clubs across Gippsland and this initiative is helping clubs to drive down their power bills while working towards being more energy efficient for the good of the environment,” Mr O’Brien said.

“The money that these local clubs save on their power bills can now be used to purchase equipment that saves lives or fund better training for volunteers.

“Additionally, surf life savers are some of the community’s biggest coast guardians and are often seen picking up rubbish and ensuring the beach is looked after, so it’s great that these clubs are benefiting from this renewable energy program.”

Mr O’Brien said the funding for the systems was being delivered through the Community Renewable Solar Grants Initiative, which aims to increase the number of renewable energy projects delivered in communities. 

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