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Media Release
Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman
Senator for Tasmania

29 July 2001


Tasmanian Senator the Hon Jocelyn Newman launched this initiative on behalf of Federal Environment Minister Senator the Hon Robert Hill

Launceston residents using wood heaters may be eligible for federal help to install less-polluting home heating under a new programme to reduce wood smoke in the Tamar Valley.

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Jocelyn Newman today launched the $2.05 million programme, funded through the Federal Government's Natural Heritage Trust, which will provide eligible residents with up to $500 towards the cost of new, replacement home heating.

"Launceston exceeds national pollution limits about 40 times a year," Senator Newman said.

"This programme will help improve air quality by reducing the number of smoky wood heaters in the area. The result will be cleaner air for local residents and fewer hospital admissions for respiratory illness in winter."

The wood-heater programme will be managed by the Federal Government, in conjunction with the Launceston City Council, the Tasmanian Government and the Tamar Natural Resource Management Group. It is funded under the Natural Heritage Trust's Air Pollution in Major Cities Program.

Ald. Annette Waddle, Deputy Mayor of Launceston, said the city council was pleased with the Federal Government's initiative.

"Launceston's air quality and the health of its residents will benefit significantly from this programme," Ald. Waddle said. "A targeted community education campaign implemented by Launceston City Council will complement the subsidy."

Senator Newman said the State Government would contribute by introducing new air quality policies to control wood-heater emissions and continuing its wood-smoke monitoring program.

"Together, these initiatives will deliver practical, on-the-ground action to reduce woodsmoke and allow local residents to breathe easier," Senator Newman said.

29 July 2001
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