Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Broad MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

New Solar Panel System Lights Up Tweed Shire Art Gallery

Media Release

FN163/2017

29 September 2017

Joint release with:

John Williams

Senator for New South Wales

  • Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre now powered by solar
  • New solar panel system will reduce energy costs and carbon emissions
  • The Coalition Government contributed $113,636 towards the project.

The Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre will have much lower energy bills after a solar power system was installed.

Minister for Regional Development Fiona Nash said the reduced energy bills would mean the Gallery and Art Centre could direct the money saved to other things.

“The solar system will save up to $48,500 a year,” Minister Nash said.

“I aim to build the kinds of communities our children and grandchildren want to either stay in or come back to, and supporting local art galleries does just that.”

Senator for New South Wales John Williams said the gallery attracts 125,000 tourists from around the nation every year, and those tourists spend their money in the region.

“This solar system adds to previous improvements to the gallery, such as the opening of the Margaret Olley Art Centre in 2014,” Senator Williams said.

“The completed solar system coincides with two exhibition openings at the gallery, the Brett Whiteley: other places (somewhere else) exhibition touring from the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the Caldera Art 2017—Promoting biodiversity values in Australia's Green Cauldron exhibition.

The Federal Coalition Government invested $113,636 and Tweed Shire Council contributed to the Small-scale Technology Certificates for the solar panel system.