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11 June, 2021

Hotels and motel grants to cut costs and create jobs

SMALL and medium hotels, motels and apartments across the region are receiving support from the Morrison Government to cut their energy costs so they can invest in their business, employ more Australians and get ahead.

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Throug the $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program hotels and motels like the Seabreeze in Mackay, the Waterview in Airlie Beach and the Country Ayr Motel in the Burdekin have received grants of up to $25,000.

Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said the grants would help fund projects that will provide genuine and lasting energy savings and reduce operating costs for local hotels.

“These grants will help local operators to save on energy costs, putting more money back in their pockets and supporting the creation of new jobs, including for local electricians, carpenters, engineers, and plumbers,” Mr Christensen said.

Businesses will be able to lower their energy bills by upgrading to more energy efficient air-conditioning, refrigeration and equipment, improving the building through double glazing and insulation, carrying out energy audits or installing energy monitoring equipment.

The list of recipients in the Dawson electorate is:

  • Seabreeze Apartments – Mackay - $25,000
  • Tropic Coast Motel – Mackay - $24,900
  • Rover Motel – Mackay - $24,900
  • Mackay Resort Motel – Mackay - $13,883
  • Miners Lodge Motor Inn – Mackay - $24,900
  • Waterview – Airlie Beach - $24,521
  • Sunlit Waters Studio Apartments – Airlie Beach - $22,810
  • Bush Village Holiday Cabins – Cannonvale - $24,582
  • Beachside Holiday Units – Bowen - $25,000
  • Country Ayr Motel – Ayr - $22,230
  • Tropical City Motor Inn – Ayr - $23,000

Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction Angus Taylor said Australia’s hotel industry was among the hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic and the Morrison Government is committed to helping local operators get back on their feet.

“As we secure Australia’s economic recovery from COVID-19, backing businesses to get ahead is a key priority of the Morrison Government,” said Minister Taylor.

“Over 85 per cent of the grants awarded will go to hotels in regional or remote Australia, providing a significant boost to our regions. This is good news for tourist destinations welcoming back visitors after COVID-19-related restrictions.”

The Hotel Energy Uplift Program was announced in the 2020-21 Budget and is part of the Government’s $1.9 billion investment in new energy technologies which will create new jobs now and into the future, reduce emissions and ensure all Australians have access to reliable and affordable energy.

Hotels, motels and serviced apartments with up to 99 rooms were eligible to receive grants under the program.

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