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Voting open for Essential Energy Community Choices Program

Essential Energy is supporting local groups across its footprint by offering funds of up to $2,500 for successful candidates nominated for their Community Choices Program.


Essential Energy believe that “even the biggest hearts need a little boost” and that is why they are providing a total of $175,000 in grants available across 20 zones.


The electricity network distributor hopes to support as many as 140 community organisations who give so much to their communities.


Operations Manager Northern Tablelands, Mark Summers, said “We’re thrilled to have received nominations from charities, not-for-profit and community groups like CWAs, community centres, school P&Cs and sporting clubs.”


“Essential Energy’s people live and work across the communities we serve, and we know the impacts from the last 12 months, including bushfires and COVID-19 restrictions have made it very difficult for charities and community groups across our footprint to raise funds.”


There are a variety of community groups across the Tamworth and Armidale districts who are up for nomination. Essential Energy is asking the community to choose the groups they think should receive the boost by voting.


Below is a list of groups you can vote for:


Neighbourhood Watch Barraba NSW – Supporting the local community by awareness and kindness.

Barraba Town and District Tennis Club Inc – Local tennis club.

Barraba Potters and Craft Guild – Art and craft organisation.

Cancer Patients Assistance Society of NSW – Tamworth Can Assist raises money to assist cancer patients in Tamworth and District.

Curlewis Public School P&C Association – P&C.

Currabubula Tamworth Tech Shed Inc – The Tamworth Tech Shed is a tech focused non-for-profit community run workshop event org.

Goolhi Reserve Committee – Community group.

Gunnedah Family and Children’s Services Inc – Gunnedah Family Daycare provides home based quality childcare for children 0-13yrs.

Gunnedah Meals on Wheels Association – Gunnedah Meals on Wheels provide meals and friendship to the elderly and disabled persons in Gunnedah.

Lake Keepit Family Fishing Club – Family friendly fishing club supporting recreational angling in the North West.

Loomberah War Memorial Hall – Loomberah’s community hub.

Namoi Valley Archers Incorporated – Sporting club for all ages.

Nundle Amateur Swimming Club Inc – Giving children a chance to learn to swim and improve swimming.

Nundle Go for Gold Festival Committee – The festival is a celebration of Nundle and Hanging Rock’s gold fields history.

Ooranga Family Mobile Resource Unit Association Inc – Mobile early childhood service delivering high quality preschool to small villages.

Tamworth City Swimming Club – Local sport club.

Tamworth District Girl Guides Association of NSW – Girls guides aged 6-9.

Tamworth Football Club – Local sport club.

Variety of the Children’s charity NSW – Helping sick and disadvantaged children who live with special needs.



This year, Essential Energy has introduced an additional small Communities category. Local groups within their network footprint who are in towns with populations of less than 20,000 people have been able to apply for this additional category. This provides an additional opportunity for groups whose voting base may be smaller than groups in larger communities to be awarded funding.

Voting for Community Choices is open from 18 May to 31 May.

Visit essentialenergy.com.au/choices to learn more.

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