Solar Power to Deliver Major Savings for Gladstone Police-Citizens Youth Club's

Media Release


10 April 2018

Joint release with:

Ken O'Dowd

Federal Member for Flynn

  • Solar power plant installed to reduce electricity costs
  • Project created six construction jobs
  • The Australian Government invested $200,000 in the project

The future of the Gladstone Police Citizens Youth Club looks brighter following the official opening of the club's new $200,000 solar power plant today.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd joined representatives of the Gladstone PCYC and the community to celebrate the completion of the important cost-saving project.

Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government John McVeigh said the Turnbull Government was proud to support community organisations that delivered important services to the community like the Gladstone PCYC.

“The Gladstone PCYC offers a wide-range sport, recreation and fitness activities for the community and important youth programs that help encourage social engagement, crime prevention and team building,” Dr McVeigh said.

“The installation of a new solar power plant at the Gladstone PCYC will reduce the club's costs and help its members focus on vital community projects.”

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd said the project, which included the installation of a battery storage system, would reduce the club's expenses and ensure funds are being used on operational activities not electricity bills.

“I am thrilled that we have been able to deliver this major improvement to the Gladstone PCYC. The introduction of the solar power equipment and storage is forecast to reduce power costs in the range of $40,000 each year,” Mr O'Dowd said.

“The PCYC offers a range of services to our community and our funding for the installation of these solar panels helps ensure these services continue to benefit our local community and reduce the PCYC's ongoing operating expenses, “Mr O'Dowd said.

This project was jointly funded by the Australian Government ($200,000) and the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association ($2,000).