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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

30 July 2001

COOL SOLUTIONS TO GLOBAL WARMING


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today announced a multi-million dollar national community-based program designed to assist households to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.

Announcing the start of the Commonwealth's new 'Cool Communities' initiative in Melbourne today, Senator Hill said the program was an exciting opportunity for Australian communities to join the fight against global warming.

"All Australians have an important role to play in helping to combat climate change and I encourage communities around Australia to get involved and come up with innovative ways to help slash greenhouse gas emissions.

Australia's seven million households create almost one-fifth of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions, mainly through household energy use and private transport.

"Australian households on average produce about 15 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. With some relatively simple actions, most households could reduce this by around 3 tonnes each year".

"Cool Communities will receive financial assistance, support and advice to undertake household greenhouse gas abatement programs in their area," Senator Hill said.

The Commonwealth has committed almost $1 billion to help fight global warming. This program is one of a range of initiatives being implemented by the Australian Greenhouse Office that focuses on engaging communities and households.

A nationwide public call for expressions of interest will commence this weekend to select communities to be involved in the Program - see the attached advertisement. The program will be conducted in a unique and innovative partnership with environment organisations in every state and territory.

Ends

Monday, 30 July 2001

Contacts: Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 0419 258 364


Cool Communities Advertisement Calling for Expressions of Interest


COOL COMMUNITIES
cool solutions to global warming

Australia's 7 million households create almost one fifth of Australia's greenhouse gas emissions through household energy use, transport and waste.

Cool Communities is an exciting new project which provides information, support and assistance to help communities reduce greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time save money and improve our quality of life.

Cool Communities will work in partnership with existing community groups and organisations such as residents associations, clubs, sporting groups, environmental groups, the private sector and all levels of government.

Cool Communities is now seeking Expressions of Interest from around Australia. If you are part of a community group or organisation that represents communities who would like to make a serious effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from households then the Cool Communities Project wants to hear from you.

Visit the Cool Communities web page or phone for information on how to apply. Expression of Interests must be received by 28 September 2001.

Phone 1300 550 516* or visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/coolcommunities

Cool Communities is an Australian Greenhouse Office project delivered in collaboration with environment organisations in each state and territory.

*For the cost of a local call.

Commonwealth of Australia