DORRIGO RSL and Community Club has some good news – it is one of the happy beneficiaries of the NSW Government’s Climate Change Fund.
Out of a pot of $3.6 million for 164 projects statewide, Dorrigo will receive $17,458 to undertake a water and energy efficiency upgrade, thereby saving one million litres of water, 116 megawatt hours of electricity and 124 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the first 10 years.
The club’s secretary/manager Richard Shadforth said he was thrilled with the announcement.
“This money will be used to install a solar hot water system, dual-flush toilets and skylights to brighten up the club,” Mr Shadforth said.
“The Climate Change Fund is a great government initiative and it’s good to be able to take advantage of it.”
He said he regularly looked for grants and this one was perfect for what the club wanted to do.
“This way we can save energy, save water, save the environment and save money, too.”
The Climate Change Fund is designed to allow not-for-profit organisations to save money on bills, while saving the environment.
“The fund will enable organisations who are working for their communities to spend less of their limited budgets on bills and more on services,” the minister for Climate Change and the Environment, Frank Sartor, said.
“As well as helping the community sector improve water and energy efficiency, these projects aim to have a multiplier effect by showing people who use the facilities how they, too, can save at home.”
Last year the Dorrigo RSL and Community Club was successful in gaining a grant to reticulate the greens at the town’s golf club.
“We will be building two dams and harvesting our own water to maintain the greens rather than pumping water from the Bielsdown River, which is the town’s water supply,” Mr Shadforth said.
For more information go to www.environment.nsw.gov.au.