Pacific Hydro announces the recipients of the 2017 Sustainable Communities Fund

13 November 2017

Pacific Hydro is proud to announce the projects that have received support through the 2017 Sustainable Communities Fund.

Grants totalling over $250,000 will support forty-seven community-led initiatives across the regions of Ararat (VIC), Clements Gap (SA), and the Great South West (VIC), in the areas of sport, recreation, health, and the environment.

“As a leading renewable energy developer, we are proud to support the communities that host our clean energy projects. Including this year’s grants, we have now provided more than $2.7 million to over 680 projects across Australia since 2004”, Pacific Hydro CEO, Michael Fuge said.

“While this year’s funded projects come from a diverse range of organisations, a common theme is stronger support for the work of volunteers. From reducing manual labour with new tools and equipment, to lowering costs with energy efficiency and smarter water use, these grants will help groups to focus on providing their important services to the community”, he added.

Successful applicants were formally acknowledged in presentation ceremonies held in their local communities.

This year’s Fund saw several improvements, including an increase in the amount that could be applied for to $10,000 per project, and a simplified application process.

The Community Investment Program is the key part of Pacific Hydro’s community investment and support strategy. An Australian wind industry first, it has delivered a portion of revenue back into local communities each year since 2004. The Sustainable Communities Fund is the primary method used in the Ararat, Clements Gap, and Great South West regions.

At its core, the Program aims to empower local communities to identify the initiatives and projects that Pacific Hydro should support. This year’s projects were selected by the Fund Allocation Panel, comprised of members of the local community, local council representatives, and Pacific Hydro staff.

This announcement follows the recent launch of Local Good, Pacific Hydro’s latest publication celebrating over a decade of support for its host communities across regional Australia. Copies are available on Pacific Hydro’s website.

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Media contact: Adam Chandler, Senior Project Leader Communications 1800 730 734
Press-quality photographs of the presentation ceremonies and a list of all the recipients are available on request.