Big help: Secretary Alan Brown with old kitchen equipment from the Murwillumbah Showground, which will be replaced with a $25000 grant.
Big help: Secretary Alan Brown with old kitchen equipment from the Murwillumbah Showground, which will be replaced with a $25000 grant. Scott Powick

Trust to go green with upgrades

The Murwillumbah Showground Trust has received a $25,000 grant from the State Government to install energy-efficient lights and appliances.

The project is estimated to save 181 megawatt hours of electricity and 193 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions in the first 10 years, meaning the showground could save an average of $5030 a year on power bills.

Honorary secretary and trustee Alan Brown believes donations, grants and volunteers are vital to keep not-for-profit organisa- tions such as the showground in operation.

“It’s the only way you survive and continue,” Mr Brown said.

“Our electricity account is a big account for the trust to pay. Without the grant we couldn’t make any changes, because when you’ve got to pay to have everything installed it’s harder to get the returns.

“Everything that’s done on the ground is all voluntary.

“We rely heavily on the community to support that effort as well.”

The grant allows the showground trust to undertake simple savings measures, such as installing rainwater tanks and installing efficient water and electricity fixtures and fittings.

Mr Brown said the trust would be focusing on installing energy-efficient lights and double-flush toilets.

Minister for Climate Change and the Environment Frank Sartor announced the funding on Thursday.

“We are pleased to help not-for-profit organisations spend less of their limited budgets on bills and more on services,” Mr Sartor said.

“We received a record number of applications for this latest round of funding.”

The project is one of 164 water and energy upgrades across NSW.



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