Environmental programs biggest winners in Portland Sustainable Communities Fund
17 August 2012
Programs aimed at improving the environment in the Portland area are the biggest winners of this year’s $90,000 Sustainable Communities Fund.
Just some of the environmental programs that shared in the Fund include installing environmentally friendly light globes at the Southern 500 Speedway, a Community Solar Partnership being run by the Portland Sustainability Group and a vegetable garden and Our Planet Educational Kit for the Heywood Kindergarten.
“It is fantastic to see so many community groups looking at ways that they can improve their energy efficiency, reduce their carbon footprint, and provide educational opportunities for their members and the community. We are proud to be able to support these initiatives,” said Pacific Hydro’s General Manager, Australia, Mr Lane Crockett.
Mr Crockett congratulated the high level of volunteer involvement in the area. “The high quality of programs proposed is a strong indication of the level of dedication in the community. I applaud this commitment and community spirit.”
“Once again we received more applications than we were able to fund. However we have worked hard to ensure that those projects that best fit identified community priorities and the fund guidelines have been successful,” said Mr Crockett.
Mr Crockett asked unsuccessful applicants not to be disheartened. “It is important to remember that the Fund opens every year for the operating life of the Portland Wind Energy Project. We find the short listing process extremely difficult but most groups will receive a share of the $2million+ Fund at some point.”
“We congratulate the community groups who have received funding and extend our thanks to the Glenelg Shire Council, Portland Aluminium, United Way Glenelg and community members who have assisted us in reviewing applications. Their help has been instrumental in identifying local priorities,” said Mr Crockett.
The Portland Sustainable Communities Fund supports community activities taking place within local areas surrounding the Cape Bridgwater and Cape Nelson South wind farms. The Fund covers environmental, health, sporting, cultural and educational projects and is available for the life of the wind farms’ operation.