Photo caption: Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton pictured with Coonabarabran Tennis Club Vice President and co-organiser of the Tuesday night ladies competition Yvonne Rice, co-organiser of the ladies competition Maureen Sullivan, outgoing President Kevin Tighe and Treasurer Kathryn Christoff in front of the solar on the clubhouse.
Coonabarabran Tennis Club will be able to save on its power bills thanks to a $6,201 Federal Government grant.
Federal Member for Parkes Mark Coulton today met with members of the Coonabarabran Tennis Club to inspect the club’s new solar system, funded under Round 6 of the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Programme (SCP).
“I am incredibly pleased to help such a wonderful community organisation like the Coonabarabran Tennis Club to install 18 solar panels and a five-kilowatt inverter on the clubhouse,” Mr Coulton said.
“The Coonabarabran Tennis Club provides a fantastic outlet for the community to get together and socialise while keeping fit and healthy. The installation of solar panels will not only allow the club to save on electricity costs and continue operating, but will help reduce its carbon footprint and be more environmentally friendly.
“Volunteer organisations in the Parkes electorate are pivotal to our local communities, and this program certainly goes some way to supporting them and the terrific work they do.”
Coonabarabran Tennis Club Secretary Kathryn Christoff said the solar system should produce enough electricity to cover their quarterly electricity supply charge and some of the electricity usage cost.
“This saving on electricity bills will help the club remain financially viable, especially in times of disrupted competitions like we have experienced during the past two years,” Ms Christoff said.
The Stronger Communities Programme provides each electorate with $150,000 to fund small capital projects.
An additional $28.2 million was provided in the 2021-22 Budget to extend the Stronger Communities Programme to a seventh round, which has just closed. More information about the SCP is available at www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Stronger-Communities-Programme.