The ACT Government has welcomed $3.2 million in funding from the Commonwealth to provide energy efficiency upgrades of community facilities in Canberra.
ACT Minister for Community Services Joy Burch said the ACT Community Services Directorate was successful in its application for funding under the Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP).
Ms Burch said the funding will be spent on making energy efficiency improvements to 12 community facilities, including the community hubs at Chifley, Cook, Holt and Weston as well as the Griffin Centre, Majura Community Centre and Southside Community Centre.
"The funding will be used to deliver energy efficient lighting, lighting control systems, mechanical upgrades and smart energy management systems," Ms Burch said.
"The aim is to decrease the overall energy use at the community facilities, making it cheaper to run the buildings and providing a better environment for the community organisations that occupy them, as well as their clients."
Subject to the funding agreement being finalised with the Commonwealth, work on these centres is expected to begin before the end of 2012.
"The Community Services Directorate is collaborating with the Environment and Sustainable Development Directorate on this project, which is contributing to the ACT Government's policy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020."
The funding builds on the $2.5 million announced in the 2012-13 ACT Budget for improvements to community facilities and childcare centres.
The Commonwealth's $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program has multiple rounds. An announcement on round two will be made later this year.
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