Clean energy measures welcome
UnitingCare Australia has welcomed the February 9 announcement of the Federal Government’s Clean Energy Future package, which will help communities, low income Australians and not for profit organisations reduce their energy use and deal with the rising energy costs.
National Director Lin Hatfield Dodds said these measures will help disadvantaged Australians stay warm in winter and keep the lights on at night.
“Today’s initiative is a critical part of the Federal Government’s carbon pricing package announced last year,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
“It’s a solid investment that will need to build over time.
“UnitingCare services are looking forward to working with government to expand the work that we’re already doing on affordable energy.
“Low income households and not for profit community organisations have tight margins.
“Investment in services like those announced today will reduce financial hardship and sets people up to manage their energy costs on their own.
“As energy costs continue to rise, we have to get smarter about the way we use precious resources,” Ms Hatfield Dodds said.
The UnitingCare network provides social services to over 2 million people each year in 1,300 sites in remote, rural and metropolitan Australia. The network employs 35,000 staff and 24,000 volunteers.