Making the Moruya Preschool Kindergarten a heatwave and bushfire haven for families

SHASA is pleased to announce it has received funding of $25,000 from the News Corp Bushfire Fund, administered by the Foundation for Rural Regional Renewal to upgrade the Moruya Preschool Kindergarten. This will be the twelfth community facility SHASA has assisted through its Community Facility Solar Installation Program.

Marie Sutton and Cathi Young, Directors of the Moruya Preschool Kindergarten said they were delighted with the funding. Marie said: “We are so excited that the grant has been secured. It will enable us to install:

  • 10.36kW Grid Connect Solar System

  • 11.6kWh Battery Storage with Emergency Power Supply for essential circuits

  • An external shed enclosure for the major system components

  • HEPA air purifiers (that keep inside air clean when there is wood smoke outside)

  • 6 x 15m fire hoses

  • A fire hose cart with a 10m hose.”

The solar and batteries will be installed by SHASA’s long term partner, renewables specialist Micro Energy Systems Australia (MESA), based in Bodalla. MESA will also provide ongoing maintenance.

This facility will be made available to the preschool community during a bushfire crisis or heatwave. During the bushfire crisis, in January 2020, a number of families sought shelter at the preschool, with the support of preschool staff.

Above: The Moruya Preschool Kindergarten team (from left) : Brigitte Warburton, Cathi Young, Marie Sutton, Ammanda Donnelly and David Farrell.