Small and medium hotels and motels across the New England are receiving support from the Coalition Government’s $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program to cut energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead.
Deputy Prime Minister, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development and Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said more than $268,000 in grants will be delivered to local premises in his electorate to help lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration, lighting and interior modifications.
“These grants will help local operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs, including for local electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers,” Mr Joyce said.
Grants in the New England include:
Cedar Lodge Motel Armidale $21,429 - Install new inverter systems, new heat pump dryer, energy efficient washing machine solar heat pump for hot water and LED lighting.
Hideaway Motor Inn Armidale $22,650 - split system air conditioning, install window film.
Armidale Pines Motel $25,000 - Install double glazed windows.
Royal Hotel Guyra $22,433 - Replace and upgrade nine windows.
Kootingal Landview Motel Kootingal $20,300 - Install new blinds and curtains, two washing machines and solar hot water systems.
Imperial Hotel Manilla $25,000 - Install LED lighting, replace old compressors and refrigeration units.
The Duck Inn Apartments Tamworth $25,000 - Replace windows with double glazed windows.
Golden Grain Motor Inn Tamworth $25,000 - New Inverter-driven reverse cycle A/Cs.
Apsley Arms Hotel Walcha $15,767 - Upgrade refrigeration.
Motel Grande Tamworth $24,474 - Install new air conditioners and roller shutters.
Quality Inn Ashby House Tamworth $21,780 – Inverter split system units.
Golf Links Motel Tamworth $20,087 - Replace curtains and pelmets.
Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Coalition 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.”
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.