Darling Downs families benefit from solar installation

Media Release

FN080/2016

27 October 2016

Joint release with:

John McVeigh

Federal Member for Groom

  • $160,000 Coalition Government investment fits solar photoelectric systems in three Lifeline offices on the Darling Downs.
  • This investment has reduced the operating costs for Lifeline in the region.
  • Savings delivered will help to fund emergency relief programmes in Toowoomba and South West Queensland.

New solar panels at three Lifeline offices will help them save money on their energy bills, enabling them to deliver more services to families.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said this investment means residents in the Darling Downs will have access to more services from Lifeline.

“These savings mean Lifeline can now employ more staff to help those who need our help,” Minister Nash said.

“The Coalition Government is proud to help this Darling Downs service to help more people.

“I aim to help build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and healthy charities are a big part of that.

“The project works were undertaken by local businesses and there will be a flow on effect to the local economy.

“Viable local businesses are essential to regional communities and I'm delighted to see this project come to fruition.”

Federal Member for Groom John McVeigh said Lifeline Darling Downs-South West Qld played a pivotal role in communities across the region.

“Lifeline continues to do great work with our most marginalised citizens,” Dr McVeigh said.

“In recent years many of their services have been stretched to breaking point as they try to maintain and even improve services against shrinking revenue.

“It is vitally important that Government helps not-for-profit organisations like Lifeline find innovative solutions into the future so they can continue to help the most vulnerable in our communities. Any savings that Lifeline can make is channelled back into their services and this can make a lasting and substantial difference the families and individuals they help in their time of need.

“Derek Tuffield and this organisation are committed to helping build stronger, more resilient communities here in Groom. The Turnbull Government is committed to working with them every step of the way to make sure these valuable services continue to be provided.”

The installation of the Solar Photoelectric Systems was a jointly funded project with the Coalition Government contributing $77,180 and Lifeline Darling Downs South West Qld Ltd $85,305.

  • The Coalition Government invested $77,180 to the Lifeline Darling Downs Sustainability Project through the National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF).
  • NSRF invests in infrastructure projects to deliver economic benefit and address disadvantage.
  • NSRF supports tourism, water and transport projects as well as cultural, sporting and healthcare facilities across Australia.