Electric partnership announced in Geelong

November 21, 2023 BY

L-R: Geelong Sustainability CEO Dan Cowdell and Wathaurong Co-operative CEO Simon Flagg at the Co-operative's base in North Geelong. Photo: VINNIE VAN OORSCHOT

A GREEN, new partnership has officially begun in Geelong, with two organisations taking the next step towards climate action and reconciliation.

Local not-for-profit organisation Geelong Sustainability has announced Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative joined forces as a community donation partner for its Electric Homes Program.

Geelong Sustainability CEO Dan Cowdell says an important feature of the Electric Homes Program, an initiative designed to support households in the Barwon region transition from gas facilities to all-electric renewable systems, is the community donations.

All systems installed by Geelong Sustainability’s key delivery partners RACV Programs, Reclaim Energy and Jeztek Plumbing, will contribute donations towards solar panel systems and hot water heat pumps being provided to families through the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative.

“The Electric Homes Program is a testament to the power of community-driven initiatives that make a positive impact on both the environment and people’s lives,” Mr Cowdell said.

“We are thrilled to join hands with Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative to extend the benefits of this program.

“Our partnership with Wathaurong is a significant step towards fostering a more sustainable and inclusive future for our community.”

The Electric Homes Program was launched by Geelong Sustainability in July of this year and has garnered a sizeable response over the past few months.

The program has received over 700 expressions of interest and more than 1,400 registrations for information events since its inception.

“We are excited to be part of this program that embodies our shared values of sustainability, caring for Country, Community, and supporting our mob,” Wathaurong Co-operative CEO Simon Flagg said.

“The Electric Homes Program not only benefits the environment but also contributes to supporting our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families through donations of sustainable power systems.

“We look forward to the positive change we can create together.”

Expressions of interest to be part of the program are open until November 30 City of Greater Geelong, Surf Coast Shire, Colac Otway Shire, Golden Plains Shire, and the Borough of Queenscliffe residents.

More information about the program can be found at electrichomes.com.au