Australia’s regions are leading the uptake of clean energy programs, with 28 of the fist 63 Community Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP) grants being awarded to regional organisations.


The 28 regional organisations will share in $10.4 million of the $42 million allocated to improve energy efficiency for local government and community groups.


"It's clear that the community, including, councils and community groups, have embraced the opportunities that come with reducing carbon emissions," Mr Crean said.


Parliamentary Secretary for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency Mark Dreyfus said the CEEP grants will help organisations overcome barriers in adopting energy efficiency measures, such as replacing outdated technologies with new, smarter and cleaner ones.


"Councils and community groups will reduce their operating costs, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions - it's a win-win for the regions," Mr Dreyfus said.


For example, Wagga Wagga City Council will receive $375,075 toward a $776,520 project to install a co-generation plant at the aquatic centre.


Applications for round one of the $200 million Community Energy Efficiency Program were assessed by an independent committee on the potential to improve energy efficiency, encourage and demonstrate energy management, value for money, project management and design.


An announcement on the second round will be made later this year.


The regional recipients of round one CEEP funding:

Organisation Name

Project Title

Project Description


Amount Requested

Total Project Cost

Temora Aviation Museum Inc.

Lighting Retrofit and Upgrade for Museum Public Exhibition Areas

Upgrade lighting in the museum's two main public exhibition areas.




Maitland City Bowls Sports and Recreation Club

Trigeneration and Electric Duct Heating Retrofit

Installation of a tri-generation system to upgrade heating and cooling for the club.




Police and Community Youth Clubs NSW

Lighting Retrofit PCYC NSW

Retrofit lighting in 59 PCYC club buildings in NSW.




Southern Midlands Council

Implementing and Promoting Energy Efficiency Solutions in Heritage Buildings Through Retrofitting the 1880's Southern Midlands Town Hall

Retrofit the town hall for thermal efficiency and upgrade the lighting and heating systems.




City of Busselton

Geothermal Heating of the City of Busselton Geographe Leisure Centre

Upgrade the heating system of a number of buildings at the Geographe Leisure Centre using a geothermal heat source.




Bass Coast Shire Council

Bass Coast Shire Council Street Lighting Bulk Change

Upgrade street lights across the council area.




South Gippsland Shire Council

South Gippsland Shire Green Street Lighting Program

Upgrade street lights across the council area.




Alice Springs Town Council

Alice Springs Public Library - Air Conditioning upgrade

Upgrade air conditioning in the Alice Springs Library.




Gloucester Shire Council

Air Conditioning Reconditioned in Gloucester Shire Councils Administration Building

Upgrade air conditioning system in the administration building.




South West Sustainability Partnership

The Great South Coast Street Smart Lighting Program

Replace street lights across the following council areas:

  • Colac Otway Shire Council
  • Corangamite Shire Council
  • Southern Grampians Shire Council
  • Moyne Shire Council
  • Warrnambool City Council
  • Glenelg Shire Council.




District Council Orroroo Carrieton

Installation of Energy Management Systems, Lighting, Air-Conditioning to Council & Community Buildings and Infrastructures

Retrofit the lighting and air conditioning and improve thermal efficiency in a number of buildings across the council area.




Corangamite Shire Council

Corangamite Shire Emission Reduction Scheme for Camperdown Depot and Camperdown Community Centre

Retrofit the lighting, heating and air-conditioning systems and improve the thermal efficiency of the main community hub and works depot.




Cradle Coast Authority

Portside Building Retrofit - Regional Showcase

Retrofit lighting, ventilation, insulation, heating and cooling systems.




City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Low Carbon and Energy Efficient Pool Heating for the Goldfields Oasis Leisure Centre

Installation of a system of ground source heat pumps and solar thermal heating to replace the current natural gas fired heating system.




Central NSW Councils

Learning And Sharing Energy Efficiency Program in Central NSW

Upgrade the lighting in 17 council owned facilities and upgrade pool heating and pumping in the pool complex.




Tumbarumba Shire Council

Energy Efficient Upgrade of Tumbarumba's Water Supply Pumping Stations

Upgrade pumps in the town's water supply pumping stations.




Western Australian Local Government Association

WA Rural & Regional LED Street Light Retrofit - Pilbara Phase 1

Retrofit street lighting across four remote locations in the Pilbara Region.




Rural City of Wangaratta

Cogeneration at Wangaratta Indoor Sports and Aquatic Centre

Installation of a co-generation plant in two council-owned facilities to replace current heating systems.




Shire of Manjimup

Installation of Energy Efficient Pumping and High Efficiency Pool and Space Heating Technologies at the Manjimup Regional AquaCentre

Upgrade pool and space heating with ground source heat pumps, upgrade the existing process control hardware and software and install variable speed drives on pool circulation pumps.




East Arnhem Shire Council

East Arnhem Shire Council Street Lighting Replacement Project

Upgrade street lighting in nine communities across the council area.




City of Greater Bendigo

Energy Efficiency Installations in Seven of City of Greater Bendigo's Highest Energy Using Facilities

Upgrade lighting and heating, ventilation and cooling services in seven facilities.




Lismore City Council

Upgrade of Pumps, Lighting and Water Heating at Lismore Memorial Baths and Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre

Upgrade pool pumps, lighting, air conditioning and water heating in two facilities.




Baw Baw Shire Council

Baw Baw Shire Council Street Lighting Bulk Change

Upgrade street lighting across the council area.




Port Stephens Council

Energy Efficiency Upgrade to Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning System at Port Stephens Council's Raymond Terrace Community Care Centre

Upgrade the heating, cooling and ventilation system.




Tamworth Regional Council

Upgrade of the Art Gallery Lighting to New Energy Efficient LED Lumiaires

Upgrade internal lighting.




Wagga Wagga City Council

Oasis Aquatic Centre Co-generation Project

Installation of a co-generation plant at the aquatic centre.




Townsville City Council

Energy Transformation Townsville: An Innovative Adaptive System of Smart Energy Demand Management, Energy Efficiency and Community Engagement

Retrofit outdoor lighting and upgrade energy management systems in a number of council facilities.




Cairns Regional Council

Cairns Regional Council - Targeting the Top 20 - Energy Efficiency Upgrades in Council Facilities

Upgrade the lighting, improve thermal efficiency and install smart meters in four facilities.