Small businesses across Leichhardt are getting support from the Morrison Government to cut energy costs, putting more money back in the pockets of local business owners as we recover from COVID-19.
Through the government’s Energy Efficient Communities Program three small business in Leichhardt have been awarded grants of up to $20,000.
The grants will help Hains Accounting and Taxation, Mai Tai Resort and Absolute Law to upgrade equipment to become more energy efficient.
Federal Energy and Emissions Reduction Minister Angus Taylor said the Morrison Government was focused on bringing down the cost of energy for small businesses.
“Energy bills are a significant overhead for many small businesses,” Mr Taylor said.
“These grants will help small businesses all around Australia pay less on their energy bills, allowing them keep their doors open, expand their business and employ more Australians.”
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said local small businesses have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic and the grants would be a welcome boost.
“As we recover from the impacts of COVID-19, small businesses like Hains Accounting and Taxation, Mai Tai Resort and Absolute Law will play a key role in our plan for a stronger economy,” Mr Entsch said.
“Lowering energy bills for our small businesses through the Energy Efficient Communities Program will help alleviate financial pressure and deliver the conditions they need to succeed.”
Federal Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Michaelia Cash said helping small businesses lower their energy costs is critical for them to prosper, grow and create more jobs.
“Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities and the backbone of the Australian economy,” Ms Cash said.
“Employing more than six million Australians, our 3.5 million small businesses contribute more than $418 billion to our national economy.”
The Energy Efficient Communities Program was announced as part of the Government’s $3.5 billion Climate Solutions Package to deliver on Australia’s 2030 climate commitments.
The full list of successful applicants for the small business grants is available at www.business.gov.au