Essential Energy supports community groups with new funding program

May 8, 2019

Media Release Essential Energy 7 May 2019


Community organisations as diverse as CWAs, soccer clubs or animal shelters could receive a funding boost of up to $2,500 as part of Essential Energy’s new Community Choices program.

The program is open to any charity, not-for-profit or community group within Essential Energy’s network area and sees the public voting online for who they’d like to receive a share of the $175,000 funding pool.

Essential Energy’s Manager Community Relations Northern, David Crough, said local organisations were at the heart of regional, rural and remote communities.

“Essential Energy operates in regional, rural and remote New South Wales and parts of southern Queensland, and with our employees living and working in towns from Bourke to Bega, we know just how important grassroots organisations are for healthy communities,” David said.

“Essential Energy is committed to empowering communities, and through our new Community Choices program we’re asking people to nominate groups who are doing great work in their area and might need a little help.

“We’re more than just poles and wires, we’re part of the communities we serve and are dedicated to helping them thrive.

“There are thousands of organisations across our network area worthy of funding, which is why we’re asking the community to nominate and then vote for groups they think deserve a boost.

“Through Community Choices we’re aiming to rally support behind the organisations which do so much for their local area, while giving well deserved funding to more than 140 recipients across our distribution area.”

Nominees must be able to receive payments by electronic funds transfer (EFT), and provide photos, commentary and stories about their organisations and the work they do.

The Community Choices program includes $175,000 in funding available across 20 zones in Essential Energy’s distribution area, with funding packages ranging from $500 to $2,500 available depending on votes.

Nominations for Community Choices are open until 17 May. Visit to learn more or make a nomination.


Fact File:

  • Essential Energy builds, operates and maintains one of Australia's largest electricity distribution networks, servicing regional, rural and remote NSW and parts of southern QLD.
  • Our footprint covers 95 percent of NSW, traversing 737,000 square kilometres of landmass with 183,612 km or powerline.
  • The network services more than 840,000 customers with approximately 4.6 customers to each kilometre of powerline, which is almost one-tenth the customer density compared with our counterparts in NSW.
  • Essential Energy's footprint also includes 1.38 million power poles, equating to 1.6 power poles per customer.