Healthier homes heading to Maribyrnong

Published on 08 October 2019

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Eligible households in Maribyrnong will receive free energy efficient upgrades as part of the Victorian Healthy Homes Program. Partnering with Sustainability Victoria, Maribyrnong City Council will assist in recruiting low income households to help improve indoor winter temperatures and reduce household energy bills.

Selected households could get a free home energy efficiency and warmth upgrade, worth up to $3,500 which will be safely installed by licensed tradespeople. The upgrades can include the installation of:

  • draught proofing
  • ceiling or sub-floor insulation
  • high-efficiency heating/cooling appliances, or
  • window coverings.

The Victorian Healthy Homes Program has already successfully rolled the first 236 out of 1000 upgrades in in Melbourne's western suburbs and the Goulburn Valley.

The Program is one of several sustainability initiatives which Council has implemented and further reinforces Maribyrnong’s position on climate change. Council acknowledged a state of climate emergency in early 2019 that requires urgent action from all levels of government.

Research is another component of the Victorian Government funded program, which aims to find the health and wellbeing impacts of energy efficiency. The information will help the Victorian Government better understand the health benefits of better quality housing.

Eligible households will be contacted by Council. To find out more visit www.sustainability.vic.gov.au/Victorian-Healthy-Homes-Program

A word from the Mayor, Cr Martin Zakharov:

“Maribyrnong stepped up its position on global warming in February, acknowledging that we are in a state of ‘climate emergency’ that requires urgent action by all levels of government.”

“Which is why it is so great to see this partnership with Sustainability Victoria and Maribyrnong working together on another step to help those who are vulnerable in our community.”

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