CNLC opens for power saving bonus support

CNLC opens for power saving bonus support
Kaylah Joelle Baker

Locals in Carlton who are unsure how to go about applying for their Power Saving Bonus can now go to Carlton Neighbourhood Learning Centre’s Open Door for support.

Launched in 2021, the Power Saving Bonus program was available for concession card holders whereas this year all Victorian households are eligible to apply for the bonus.

To continue to support those who don’t readily have access to computers or understand how to go about retrieving the bonus, the Victorian Government is partnering with community organisations.

“As a trusted community managed not-for-profit organisation, Carlton Neighbourhood House is playing a crucial role in helping residents at the Carlton public housing estate access the payment,” Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said.

The process to complete the application will take about 10 minutes for the outreach team, all that is required is for people to bring a copy of their electricity bill. Following the announcement of the bonus, manager of Open Door Elle Morrell said it was great that there was “help for [their] community”.

Open Door will be open from 9.30am to 4.30pm, from August 15 to 18 and again from August 22 to 25 at 480 Lygon St.

“For people whose English is an additional language or cannot use a computer, this process can be very difficult and stressful.”

“We’re proud to be delivering our new $250 Power Saving Bonus in partnership with community organisations who are supporting all of Melbourne’s 17 public housing high-rise estates to apply while finding a better deal on their energy bills,” Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said. •

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