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Energy Safe Victoria helps 32 footy clubs upgrade canteen appliances


Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) is providing more than $30,000 to community football clubs across Victoria, helping them make their canteens safer.

A total of 32 Victorian grassroots clubs will be awarded grants of up to $1,000 to replace old, unsafe and energy inefficient fridges, bain maries, stoves, pie warmers, steamers and fryers.

ESV’s Safer Canteens grants program, in partnership with AFL Victoria, has now awarded more than $120,000 over the past four years, helping upgrade 132 Victorian canteens with safer and more efficient appliances.

ESV’s Safer Canteens program promotes energy safety at a grass roots level, highlighting risks including:
  • Electrocutions caused by non-electricians trying to do their own electrical work.
  • Fires caused by poorly maintained BBQ gas bottles.
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning caused by faulty open flued gas heaters.

This year’s program supports clubs as far west as Dimboola, as far as north as Milawa, east to Yallourn and south to Mount Eliza, while also benefitting a number of clubs in metropolitan Melbourne.

Safer Canteens promotes broader energy safety and supports local, regional and suburban community sport – particularly following the ongoing impact of the coronavirus (COVID19).

Many of the people working in club canteens are volunteers who not only support their clubs but, in many cases, also provide meals for the disadvantaged and vulnerable.

“This important initiative helps build and shape metropolitan and regional Victorians who connect to their communities through their local sporting club.”  ESV Commissioner and Chairperson Marnie Williams said.

“ESV’s priority has always been taking action to protect Victorians from safety risks. I am so proud to be able to do that and invest in communities at the same time.”

Brad Scott, Head of AFL Victoria echoed the Ms Williams sentiment, acknowledging how beneficial this initiative is for clubs.  

“Energy Safe Victoria’s support ensures our clubs have the opportunity to not only improve their canteen facilities, but to increase awareness of energy safety issues at the community level.”

ESV and AFL Victoria will also open nominations for clubs to celebrate their unsung Canteen Heroes – the canteen volunteers – between Tuesday, 7 and Monday, 20 September.

A $1000 grant will be awarded to the winner’s football club canteen for new gas or electrical equipment. 

Read more about Energy Safe Victoria's partnership and their many years supporting AFL Victoria and community football.

Successful 2021 ESV Safer Canteen Recipients: 

Avoca Football Netball Club
Bannockburn Football Netball Club 
Boronia Hawks Football Netball Club 
Clyde Football Netball Club
Darebin Women’s Sports Club 
Diggers Rest Football Netball Club 
Dimboola Sporting Club 
Hamilton Kangaroos Football Netball Club 
Heywood Football Netball Club 
Hill End and Grove Rovers Football Netball Club
Kiewa Sandy Creek Football Netball Club
Korumburra Bena Football Netball Club
Lexton Football Netball Club
Maryborough Football Netball Club 
Milawa Football Netball Club 
Moonee Valley Football Club
Mount Eliza Junior Football Club
North Footscray Football Netball Club 
North Sunshine Football Club
Old Collegians Football Netball Club
Sea Lake Football Netball Club 
Simpson Football Netball Club 
Skye Football Netball Club
South Colac Sports Club 
Taylors Lake Football Netball Club 
Tungamah Football Netball Club 
Upper Ferntree Gully Football Club 
Violet Town Football Netball Club
Wangaratta Junior Magpies Football Club 
Warrack Eagles Football and Netball Club
Wyndham Suns Football Club
Yallourn Yallourn North Football Netball Club