Bronte as with most surf clubs is situated in a very harsh and beautiful environment so when the sun is not shining the wind is blowing. This audit showed us not only how much coal fired energy we were consuming but also what within the clubwas using the most of that energy. Hot water became a priority to replace with solar as did refridgeration.
Initially we embarked on an energy reduction campaign at the club and the need for a more efficient usage plan evident.
We then needed to contact potential solar providers. Ideally as a volunteer organization we needed suppliers who were willing to susidize the project or use our club as an ideal demo site to test their product. After much searching and discussion as to how we would get an initial solar array up and running we were contacted by the Building Council for Sustainable Energy who through our contact at B.P Solar were looking for a site where they could install a 2kw system in a restricted time frame as a thankyou to the Federal Government for their rebate scheme. We gladly accepted their offer and with council approval we installed a 2kw system at Bronte.
We soon realised that we needed to become more sustainable with our water usage and so applied for a couple of grants available to community organizations like ourselves.
The first grant was for round three of The Australian Government Water Fund. This grant was for $50,000.00 and specifically for community buildings. We were successful in this grant and Malcolm Turnbull told us the good news at Nippers one Sunday morning.
Our next opportunity was with Sydney Water and their Business Water Saver Grant which again we were successful applicants and gained us another $18,000.00.
We have completed ALL of the water saving work on the club and we are now beginning work on the recycling project. We have put water saving devices on all toilets, taps and showers in the club and have four 2,500l water tanks which will be installed after we achieve council approval.
Our water recycling project is aimed at recycling water used around the club, for example in summer most water is used in the shower recesses and for equipment wash-down.
We are currently applying for more grants in several areas. We are also pursuing corporate funding to move us toward our Carbon Neutral goal. If you feel you can help us attain any of the critical funding we need please contact us at email@example.com
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