environment & sustainability.
Received Community Water Grant of $42,870 (excl. GST) from Federal Government.
Received Energy Grant of $23,450 (excl. GST) from NSW Dept of Environment, Climate Change & Water, Climate Change Fund, under Public Facilities Program.
Received $8,080 from NSW Community Building Partnerships Program to build a pergola.
Received $30,225 from NSW Community Building Partnership Program to upgrade electrical switchboard to improve efficiency and safety.
Received $1,000 from Marrickville Council for two Aerobin Compost Bins. This is a 6 month Trial organised through Council’s target sustainability@marrickville program. The club’s kitchen staff will record all vegetable scraps diverted from land fill to compost bins. If successful PBC will keep the compost bins.
Received $2,400 from NSW Community Building Partnership Program to install gas hot water system.
Received $2,721.80 under the NSW Energy Efficiency for Small Business Program to upgrade
Received $5,500 from Marrickville Council to soundproof downstairs room, increasing the usability of the club.
Received $16,089 from NSW Community Building Partnership. Installed 4 sun shades on lower green and 12 solar panels on western roof. (Completed work in July 2017.)
Received $20,000 from Federal Govt. ‘Stronger Communities Grants’ to improve outdoor area of club. Installed grass reinforcement mesh in front of club and installed 11 vegetable garden beds and 4 native plant beds. Built wooden fence around vegetable garden beds. (Completed work between November 2017 - Feb. 2018.)
Received $14,284 from Inner West Stronger Communities Grants for exterior solar lighting.
In 2008 the club received an energy grant from the NSW Department of Environment, Climate Change and Waters and installed:
(1) Ceiling Insulation
In February 2009 the club installed Fibreglass Insulco fat batts R3.0 into the club’s roof space. This ceiling insulation is a cost effective solution for the club to save both energy and money. About 30% of heat is gained and or lost through ceilings. The insulation will reduce the heat in the club during summer and reduce the club’s reliance on its old air-conditioning system.
(2) Window Awnings
The old broken awnings were replaced in 2009 with dark, adjustable awnings that dramatically decreased unwanted heat entering the club during summer.
(3) 20 Energy-Saving Dimmable Downlights
The club installed 20 super efficient halogen 35 watt down lights over the dining area. These 35 watt down lights use far less energy than the previous 50 watt halogen down lights but provide the same light coverage and have an improved 60 degree beam spread.
As improvements with LED technology progresses, the club will eventually be able to install LED down lights of 2.3 to 6 watts.
The club installed 10 x Save It Easy fluorescent replacement kits around the club during April 2009. Wherever possible they were installed where fluorescent lights are left on for extended periods.
Save It Easy plugs fit over each end of a T5 tube, allowing it to fit into a T8 fitting, with a new starter on one end. They are easy to install and have no recurrent maintenance costs. They save up to 35% energy. A T5 tube has to be purchased before installation of the plugs.
(4) Upgraded the Refrigeration System
In January 2008 an energy audit was carried out by LJW Solar which identified the club’s major electricity consumption arose from two main sources: refrigeration and air-conditioning.
The club needed to reduce its reliance on its old air-conditioning system and upgrade its refrigeration.
As part of the energy grant the club agreed to fund the following:
* replace cool room door seals
* pay for a Refrigeration Report from Minus40
* attach Save It Easy plugs to the club’s fluorescent tubes
* install energy saving lights in hanging baskets, 30% energy saving
On completion of the ‘Shades of Green Energy Project’ the club:
* reduced its greenhouse gas emissions, and
* reduced its energy bill
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Successful Water Grant 2007 - Australian government community water grant project
In May 2007 the PBC was successful with its community water grant. The grant enabled the club to save a great deal of water with tanks, dual-flush toilet and water-free urinal.
Before this water grant was obtained the existing ancient and inefficient watering sprinkler systems for the greens wasted huge amounts of water.
A modern irrigation system was installed with pipes and jets around the main bowling green. All water goes on the green and not a drop for the concrete paths. In May 2007 the club put in a new roof, guttering, downpipes and rainhead.
This was required to fix some troublesome leaks but also in preparation for the rainwater tanks. The installation of three slimline tanks around the club walls harvests a lot of water. They are linked to three inside toilets and with a total of 9,500 litres and the club’s reliance on Sydney Water will be greatly reduced.