The Australian Government is partnering with local governments to deliver energy upgrades for community facilities like local pools, sporting clubs and community centres. The assistance will help councils cut their emissions and reduce their energy bills.
The new $100 million Community Energy Upgrades Fund will co-fund upgrades with councils and has the potential to unlock over $200 million in high-impact energy upgrades to save community facilities on their bills.
Local councils own and operate many of the public sporting, community and cultural facilities Australians use every year. Eight million Australians use community sport infrastructure annually.
This new funding could include upgrades like replacing energy-intensive heating in pools with heat pumps and energy-efficient lighting and battery storage at sporting fields, libraries and community centres.
This $100 million funding boost adds to the $1.6 billion Energy Savings Package delivering upgrades for homes and businesses in the 2023-24 Budget.
The guidelines for the Fund will be designed in close consultation with key stakeholders, including the Australian Local Government Association.