Solar lowers power bills for Aboriginal community houses in Moama

By Anna McGuinness

MOAMA Aboriginal housing tenants may be receiving a lower energy bill this month after 16 community houses received new solar energy systems.

It’s a part of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) Climate Resilient Living Program which will see around 1400 houses across the state fitted with solar power systems.

AHO chief executive Jody Broun is committed to driving collaboration across government and the indigenous community housing sector to improve housing outcomes for current and future tenants.

“AHO understands the rising cost of living and is dedicated to not only improving home comfort and reducing financial stress for residents but enabling communities to take part in NSW’s clean energy transformation,” Ms Broun said.

“The home is the foundation for improving the lives of Aboriginal families and strengthening communities.”

Wagga Wagga business Solar Professionals are contracted to fit houses in the Central West and Riverina/Murray region and 10 indigenous workers have been employed and trained with the company for the project.

“This isn’t just about cooler homes and cheaper electricity bills,” Solar Professionals’ managing director Andrew Meurant said.

“This is about empowering families and communities through long-term job prospects. We will provide our new contract team with high-demand skills which will be a great toolkit for them to use in future endeavours.

“Other benefits include a six-unit training program valued at over $2000, up to 14 weeks’ paid work experience, and safety gear and a tool kit valued at $500,” he said.

“As a regional business, we’re passionate about delivering local opportunities for communities.”