ClimateSmart Business Cluster Leader Rob Absalom and Gympie Regional Council Economic Development Officer Lynne Wilbraham encourage businesses to attend a ClimateSmart forum.
ClimateSmart Business Cluster Leader Rob Absalom and Gympie Regional Council Economic Development Officer Lynne Wilbraham encourage businesses to attend a ClimateSmart forum. Renee Pilcher

Be ClimateSmart, cut costs

WITH electricity prices rising by 13.29 per cent from 1 July, the average electricity bill for small business across Queensland is set to rise by hundreds, or even thousands of dollars a quarter.

About Freedom Certified Home Sustainability Assessor Rob Absalom said the Gympie region could expect similar increases in water charges following the recent announcement of substantial cost increases in Brisbane.

“However, significant savings were on offer for local businesses that joined the first Gympie Region ClimateSmart Business Cluster, run by local business About Freedom,”he said.

“There are lots of ways to save money by becoming more energy efficient.”

He said many strategies to save money would cost nothing to implement and about Freedom, through the ClimateSmart Business Cluster, could assist local businesses identify their unique energy, water and waste patterns and develop specific solutions tailored for each business.

“We are looking forward to working with small and medium size businesses across the Gympie Region. The Cluster will be focussing on retailers and accommodation providers in our region but all SMEs are encouraged to apply.

“It’s a great way to improve your business bottom line, learn practical strategies for making a real difference to our environment, as well as develop networks, share ideas and celebrate successes.”

Small and medium businesses are invited to attend a free Information Forum on Thursday, July 22, at the Gympie Civic Centre at 6.45pm.

Representatives from the Department of Environment and Resource Management, who awarded About Freedom the role of Cluster Leader for the Gympie Region, will answer questions about the program.

Registrations for the Gympie Region ClimateSmart Business Cluster close on July 23.

For information or to register for the forum please contact Rob on 1300 907 887 or email info@aboutfreedom.com.au

Gympie Times


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