Lions to soar with solar

May 24, 2017

Mulwala Football Netball Club stalwart Rod Sissons (centre) is elated with the decision conveyed by Federation Council Administrator Mike Eden (left) and supported by council Local Representative Committee member Daryl Davey (right).

Mulwala Football and Netball Club’s plan to have a solar panel heating system for its main pavilion at Lonsdale Reserve Mulwala received a big boost on Tuesday, May 16 at Federation Council’s monthly meeting.

That’s when council’s Administrator Mike Eden announced the club was to receive $10,000 funding from Round 2 of council’s Stronger Communities Fund towards its overall proposed heating system cost.

“It’s very nice, very appreciated and we thank Federation Council for it,” Mulwala Football and Netball Club committeeman and a past president, Rod Sissons, commented.

“With the solar panel system, we’re really trying to reduce our cost of power. Our annual electricity bill is around $12,000. We hope to reduce that by $4,000 a year so we think we’ll be in a really good position in three years.”

Mr Sissons and strong club supporter Ray Hines were at Federation Council’s monthly meeting on May 16 to hear the good news for the club’s main pavilion which includes the McKee Social Club.

Council Local Representative Committee member Daryl Davey also welcomed the news. “I’m very pleased that Federation Council has seen fit to allocate $10,000 to Lonsdale Reserve,” he said.

“The club wants reduce its electricity costs by the installation of solar panels and they’re on the right track.”

Mr Eden said he was very happy to make the announcement of funding. “It’s very important that clubs are sustainable long term,” he said.

“If we can assist in lowering the costs of electricity and save on water too - particularly with so many people playing sport for enjoyment, fitness and for health reasons - then we are happy to.”

Mr Sissons said the project to have 10 solar panels on top of the wonderful main pavilion which was driven by the late Brian McKee will move full steam ahead shortly.

“As soon as we get the money, and depending on any conditions, we’ll be going ahead,” the club stalwart and past Mulwala and district Citizen of the Year, said.

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