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REVAMP OF HUON ENERGY HUB
Julie Collins MP
SHADOW MINISTER FOR AGEING AND MENTAL HEALTH
MEMBER FOR FRANKLIN

The Federal Member for Franklin Julie Collins is pleased to announce the Huonville High School Association will receive $20,000 towards the refurbishment of a cottage on school grounds home to the Huon Energy Hub.

Ms Collins recommended the refurbishment for funding during the third round of the Stronger Communities Programme.

During a recent visit to Huonville High School, Ms Collins spoke with student Toby Thorpe and environmental educator Nel Smit about the cottage refurbishment and the future of Huon Energy Hub, which runs on solar panels, battery storage, energy efficient insulation, a ceiling heat exchange and pellet heater.

The refurbishment of the existing cottage will reduce the carbon footprint even further and improve the energy star rating from 0.5 to 8. Funding will go towards new flooring, painting and lighting, repairing the front entrance and making an open-plan learning space.

“It is fantastic to see the Huon community working together towards a more sustainable and innovative future in Tasmania,” Ms Collins said.

“The Huon Energy Hub provides the perfect space for Huonville High School students to connect with the wider community and to expand their knowledge and awareness of renewable and sustainable energy”.

Huonville High School’s leadership in sustainable energy was internationally recognised in 2017, having received the Zayed Future Energy Prize for Global High Schools.

“I am proud to support the important work and vision of the staff and students at Huonville High School and the Huon Energy Hub”.

The Stronger Communities Programme provides grants between $2,500 and $20,000 to community groups and organisations that enrich and strengthen community participation.

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