Collie Eagles harness the sun’s power
The Collie Eagles Football Club is expected to benefit financially from solar panels which will be installed on the clubhouse later this year.
A $30,000 grant from the State Government’s Local Projects, Local Jobs Scheme has made the upgrades possible.
Collie-Preston MLA Mick Murray was at the Eagles’ game against Busselton on Sunday to give the club the good news.
“I think it is a great idea,” Mr Murray said.
“When you look at the return the club will get over the years to come, I think it is a wise decision.
“All sports have to realise they cannot keep coming up with their hand out and this is a way to do it.”
Collie Eagles president Ash Stewart said the club would save a lot of money from the solar panels.
“We are hoping it will save us $8000 to $10,000 a year,” he said.
“It is getting harder as a club to make money, so everything helps.
“Mick has been a strong supporter of his local footy club here in Collie for a long time.
“This grant is really going to underpin the long-term future of the club.”
The Local Projects, Local Jobs Scheme is a State Government initiative promised at the State election that would help fund projects and community organisations.
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