Small and medium hotels across the electorate of Indi are receiving support from the Liberal and Nationals Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead.
Through the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program, 13 local hotels have received grants worth a total of $317,355.
• Dartmouth Motor Inn ($25,000).
• Duck Inn Mt Buller ($25,000).
• Enzian Hotel Mt Buller ($25,000).
• Bonnie Doon Hotel ($25,000).
• Ovens View Pty Ltd ($25,000).
• Goldfield Holiday Units ($23,885).
• Bright Avenue Motor Inn ($25,000).
• Falls Creek Hotel ($25,000).
• Snowview Holiday Units ($25,000). • Billabong Wangaratta ($25,000).
• Wangaratta Motor Inn ($21,470).
• Econo Lodge Border Gateway Wodonga ($22,000).
• Motel Wellington Wodonga ($25,000).
This will help lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, improving the building through double glazing and insulation, carrying out energy audits or installing energy monitoring equipment.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction, Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Federal 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 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.”
Senator for Victoria, Bridget McKenzie said the grants would help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings and reduce operating costs for local hotels.
“Repeated lockdowns and restrictions have impacted our local hotels in regional and rural Victoria. I am pleased they will benefit from this support,” Senator McKenzie said.
“These grants will help local operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of local jobs, including for electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers.”
The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 Budget and 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.
Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants under the program.
The full list of successful applicants is available here: https://business.gov.au/grants-and-programs/hotel-energy-uplift-program/grant-recipients