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Funding for Communities to Cut Emissions and Reduce Waste

Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville today announced that the Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club was one of the first clubs across the State that will share $1.3 million from the State Government’s new Community Climate Change and Energy Action Plan

The Community Climate Change and Energy Action Plan helps organisations and clubs , like Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club,  reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve energy efficiency, making community facilities cheaper to run and more comfortable year-round.

Point Lonsdale Surf Life Saving Club received $25,000 to install solar panels onto its newly built clubrooms.

Organisations can apply for up to $50,000 through the Community Climate Change and Energy Action program to upgrade heating and cooling, install shading, insulation, double glazing, lighting and renewable energy installations like roof-top solar panels and battery storage.

A further $1.8 million in grants is available in the next round of funding which is currently open for applications.

Meanwhile, social enterprises, not-for-profits, and community groups can develop smarter ways to use resources with grants of up to $250,000 available through the Recycling Victoria Communities Fund.

The program supports local projects like repair cafes, community worm farms and compost hubs, helping groups to repurpose, re-use and recycle everyday items. More than 800 tonnes of waste will be diverted from landfill thanks to projects already funded through the program.

For more information and to apply visit

Quotes attributable to Member for Bellarine Lisa Neville

The Bellarine Peninsula is blessed to have great surf life saving clubs patrolling our local beaches and Point Lonsdale is no exception.

I have been pleased to work with the club in funding and building its new club rooms and beach facilities.

This new solar power installation will now help the club with its power management and costs, whilst of course contributing to a healthier  and cleaner  local environment.