Queensland’s not-for-profit community organisations were given half a million reasons to help their communities become more switched on about their energy use.
With thanks to AGL and the Queensland Government, $500,000 was made available to organisations in South-East Queensland last year through the Switched on Communities grant program. The successful community organisations who receive grants were:
- The Salvation Army
- Multilink Community Services
- Queenslanders with Disability Network
- COTA Qld
- Laidley and District Community Organisation
- Coast2Bay Housing Group
- Mangrove Housing
- Palm Beach Neighbourhood Centre.
The grants were used for a variety of purposes – including workshops and information sessions, as well as an ongoing education program and energy saving advice hotline – all designed to improve the access of consumers about their electricity usage, electricity pricing and contract conditions, how to compare offers to find a better electricity deal, and how to access assistance and consumer protections.
The aim of this initiative was to educate and empower disadvantaged or vulnerable residential electricity customers following the deregulation of the retail electricity prices in South East Queensland as of July last year. QCOSS facilitated the initiative in order to ensure that those consumers most vulnerable to household energy costs can become active electricity market participants and access the benefits that are expected to result from price deregulation in the South East.