Helping low-income households in Blacktown and Mt Druitt

Federal MPs Michelle Rowland and Ed Husic today announced Bridging the Gap Sydney West Inc. is receiving support from the Federal Government to help financially vulnerable residents in Blacktown and Mt Druitt improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs.

Blacktown LGA is one of 50 regions across the country to benefit from the $29.9 million Home Energy Saver Scheme - part of the Australian Government’s plan for a Clean Energy Future.

“The Australian Government knows budgets are tight for many Australian households and this targeted assistance will provide additional help for families, parents, seniors and other members of our local community,” Ms Rowland said.

“Across the country, not-for-profit organisations, like Bridging the Gap are delivering these energy efficiency services to around 100,000 low-income households.

“This includes tailored assistance through home visits by specially-trained HESS workers to around 50,000 households facing financial and energy hardship.”

Mr Husic said, “The new in-home advisers from Bridging the Gap will work one-on-one with residents to advise on the best ways to reduce their utilities bills by improving the energy efficiency of their home.

“Just by making small changes around the house, like getting the most energy efficient washing machine or fridge you can afford, people can save some money on their energy bills.

“Eligible households also have access to financial counselling advice and to services such as the No Interest Loans Scheme to enable them to buy more energy efficiency appliances,” he said.

For further information, visit www.fahcsia.gov.au

 *** Joint media release with Michelle Rowland MP, Federal Member for Greenway

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