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Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
8 January 2001
The Commonwealth Government has boosted support for compressed natural gas as a motor fuel with funding for another 16 CNG sites.
Announcing the move, Environment Minister Robert Hill pointed out that 87 per cent of Australia's transport greenhouse gas emissions were from road transport.
"The Commonwealth government is focusing on improving vehicle fuel efficiency and promoting alternative fuels, including CNG," the Minister added.
"These new fuelling sites will go a long way to solving one of the main impediments to the take-up of CNG - the limited availability of refuelling stations."
All of the new sites will be part of established service stations operated by Caltex, Mobil, Shell, Ampol and 7 Eleven in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Canberra.
"This program is part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting the use of alternative fuels to clear the air in major cities and reduce greenhouse emissions," Senator Hill said.
"This commitment also includes the Federal Government's alternative fuels conversion program which provides assistance in the cost of converting larger vehicles. CNG is much cleaner than standard fuels and is less greenhouse intensive."
Commonwealth grants of almost $4.7 million have been offered to national energy suppliers, Origin Energy and Agility Management to establish the fuelling facilities at these service stations.
The new sites will take to 19 the number of CNG sites available around the country set up under the Australian Greenhouse Office CNG Infrastructure Program.
Thursday, January 8, 2001
Belinda Huppatz (Senator Hill's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0419 258 364
Carol Bartley (Australian Greenhouse Office) 0412 994 800