Waterloo Bay Hotel awarded funding to cut energy costs

Wynnum’s Waterloo Bay Hotel has been awarded $25,000 in funding from Federal Member for Bonner Ross Vasta MP to contribute to a more energy efficient and environmentally friendly business.

Prior to the current lockdown, Mr Vasta met with the Waterloo Bay Hotel’s Group Director Justin Ham and Operations Manager Ailish Harding to congratulate them on this funding thanks to the Morrison Government’s $10.2 million Hotel Energy Uplift Program which supports small and medium hotels improve energy productivity and reduce their carbon footprint.

“This amount of funding is truly game changing for our local small and medium businesses like the Waterloo Bay Hotel, providing lasting energy savings, reducing operating costs and bettering our environment,” said Mr Vasta.

“The hotel has put the funding towards replacing all of the aircon units in their motel rooms, opting for more energy efficient options which will help lower their energy costs and reduce their carbon footprint significantly. These savings will support the creation of new jobs which is essential to securing our national recovery.

“Tourism and hospitality sectors are amongst the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, with funding awarded by the Morrison Government being vital to helping our local operators get back on their feet.”

Waterloo Bay Hotel Operations Manager Ailish Harding said, “What this will do for our hotel is reduce our energy and electricity costs significantly. We are so thankful for being awarded this funding which will help our business greatly.”

“Switching to a clean energy future is about establishing simple and small changes which make a big difference. The changes introduced by the Waterloo Bay Hotel demonstrate conscious decision making to help protect our environment,” said Mr Vasta.

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 funding under the program.