LOCAL HOSPITALS TO GET ENERGY MAKEOVERS TO BOOST EFFICIENCY AND SAVE MONEY
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George has welcomed the inclusion of Lismore Base Hospital and Murwillumbah District Hospital in the first phase of a $6.4 million program to improve energy efficiency and cut costs in NSW Government buildings.
The hospitals are among 150 frontline NSW government facilities earmarked for energy makeovers under the Government Building Retrofit Program, NSW Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker announced today.
“Improving efficiency in frontline government buildings will reduce energy and water use, save money and free up vital funding to be spent on service delivery,” Mr George said.
“Opportunities for savings have been identified in each building through an energy assessment, with the project maximising efficiency in the most cost-effective way.
“The works involve simple measures that many households and businesses could do to save power, including upgrading lighting and hot water systems and installing water efficient fixtures and fittings.
The Government Building Retrofit Program will deliver energy, water and cost savings in both small and large buildings, including hospitals, courthouses, fire and police stations, motor registries and disability care facilities.
“It is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to improve public sector efficiency and deliver quality services.”
Mr George said that to support the local economy, local plumbers and electricians will be contracted to do the work.
Across NSW a total of 28 fire stations, two courthouses, 18 police stations, 27 ambulance stations, 28 regional hospitals, five motor registries, 8 train stations and one correctional centre are scheduled for upgrades, saving almost 30,000 megawatt hours of electricity and $5.8 million on government power bills a year.