Energy savings in Arnhem Land celebrated on national stage

Manymak Energy Efficiency Project has been recognised on the national stage, being awarded the Sustainable and Resilient Communities award at the Banksia Awards held in Sydney this week.

The Banksia Awards raise the profile of the current sustainability issues facing Australia and celebrate initiatives that are an encouragement and an example for others to follow.

The Manymak project engaged more than 500 residents throughout East Arnhem Land through a community learning program – which taught residents about energy saving benefits and promoted energy efficiency in remote communities.

The award recognises the team that was drawn from a successful collaboration spanning all three levels of Government, utility and NGOs, with the department partnering with Power and Water Corporation, the Centre for Appropriate Technology, Charles Darwin University and East Arnhem Regional Council.

More than 80 local community members were employed as part of this project, all of whom were vital in helping Yolngu households make informed choices about using power and water in their homes.

Housing Regional Director Arnhem Jason Randall said “the Manymak program was a very interesting project for our region and department to be involved in. It created an opportunity for our tenants to benefit from the installation of energy efficient products, and be educated about efficient use of power and water. Additionally, our research partners CDU we were able to provide us with data on out dwellings, from demands on services to the thermal efficiency performance of our assets. Some of these findings have the ability to influence the design and construction of houses, both in remote and urban centres in the Top End.”

There were six communities involved in the trial program including Galiwin'ku, Gapuwiyak, Gunyangara, Milingimbi, Ramingining and Yirrkala.

The project was one of twenty across Australia to receive funding through the Australian Government’s Low Income Energy Efficiency Program. The Northern Territory’s Manymak project was the largest in Australia funded through LIEEP.