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Media Release
Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage
The Hon Dr David Kemp, MP

23 April 2002

Australia's Coolest Communities

Federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp, today announced $800,000 of Commonwealth funding to foster the efforts of Australian communities to cool the global climate.

"Under the Cool Communities Program, 24 communities in every state and territory will receive support from the Commonwealth Government to actively work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," Dr Kemp said.

"From a footy club in Melbourne, to former timber towns in Western Australia, communities are answering the greenhouse call.

As part of the Cool Communities program, communities across Australia will be taking action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household energy use, waste and transport. The range of activities being coordinated include: education and training programs, encouraging the use of energy efficient products, undertaking recycling activities, and encouraging people to walk, ride or use public transport.

"Cool Communities is all about local communities, coming up with local solutions, for a global problem," Minister Kemp added.

"By working with communities, industry and government, Cool Communities looks at ways to cut household greenhouse pollution, save money and improve our lifestyle at the same time.

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

"On average each Australian household produces about 15 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year. With some relatively simple actions, most households can reduce this by around 3 tonnes each year.

"Simple actions - such as buying high star rated appliances or leaving the car at home and using public transport - can achieve significant greenhouse savings."

Cool Communities is a Howard Government initiative administered by the Australian Greenhouse Office and delivered in partnership with conservation councils and other environment organisations in every state and territory.

"The 24 successful communities were chosen from over 140 applications. It is great to see so many communities committed to taking action on greenhouse," Dr Kemp said.

"The range of resources developed by this important Commonwealth program will be of great benefit to all communities in their efforts to combat greenhouse."

Media contact:
Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

Australia's Coolest Communities Fact Sheet


Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems will be working with their staff to reduce greenhouse emissions in their homes from household energy use and reduced transport emissions. Staff will also develop a workplace sustainability agenda looking at a host of issues including the organisation's ecological footprint. Chris Mckenzie-Davey
Australian Capital Territory Cool Communities Facilitator
Conservation Council of the South East Region and Canberra
Kingsley Street
Acton ACT 2601
Telephone: 02 6247 0877
Facsimile: 02 6248 5343
ANU Food Co-operative The ANU Food Co-operative will work with its 600 members to reduce greenhouse emissions from energy use, transport and waste. The Co-operative is planning a Cool Communities Action Desk, home energy audits and supplying energy efficient products such as compact fluorescent lights and AAA rated showerheads.
Sullivan's Creek Catchment Group The Sullivan's Creek Catchment Group is a volunteer, community organisation that will focus on energy reduction as a means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The group will undertake programs involving encouraging use of solar hot water installations, AAA rated showerheads and insulation.

Northern Territory

Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Parap Residents Group/ Ludmilla Creek Landcare Group The Parap Residents Association and Ludmilla Creek Landcare Group are an urban Darwin community who are seeking to address those greenhouse issues facing urban, tropical environments. The community will undertake education and training programs as part of their greenhouse gas abatement program. Krish Seewraj
Northern Territory Cool Communities Facilitator
Arid Lands Environment Centre
PO Box 2796
Alice Springs NT 0871 Telephone: 08 8952 0299 Facsimile: 08 8953 2988
Desert Knowledge Project The Desert Knowledge community is a coalition of 80 organisations in the Alice Springs town area interested in environmental and social issues facing Arid Australia. As part of their greenhouse gas reduction program, the community will conduct training workshops and household energy audits with its residents.
Haasts Bluff Ikungtji The Haasts Bluff Ikungtji community is a small community in outback Australia which has successfully undertaken a variety of environmental projects. The community plans to undertake a Reduce, Re-use and Recycle program, that will address issues such as transport of waste from the community, reduction of waste produced and better site management of waste.

New South Wales

Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
University of New South Wales Ecoliving Centre The UNSW Ecoliving Centre is a community education centre focused on permaculture and sustainable living. Through the program, members of centre will refit homes with AAA rated showerheads, tap aerators, compact fluorescents. The centre will also assist residents to develop home-based food systems. Felicity Calver
New South Wales Cool Communities Facilitator
Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales
Level 5, 362 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2001
Telephone: 02 9279 2466
Facsimile: 02 9279 2499
Broken Hill Community Broken Hill Community Inc is a grass roots community organisation with around 300 members. The community is looking to run energy efficiency workshops in partnership with their local energy supplier as well as subsidising the cost of compact fluorescent lights and AAA showerheads for community members.
Leichhardt Council Leichhardt Council is a proactive metropolitan council and their project is based on the idea of a sustainable living program. The Council will works with residents of the shire to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from household energy use, waste and transport.


Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Maleny Credit Union The Maleny Credit Union will undertake a range of activities with members to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Activities include forming a register of environmentally friendly suppliers in the region and cooperative bulk-buying of energy efficient appliances. Kirsten Macey
Queensland Cool Communities Facilitator
Queensland Conservation Council
PO Box 12046
Elizabeth Street
Brisbane QLD 4002
Telephone: 07 3221 0188
Facsimile: 07 3229 7992
Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Archdiocese of Brisbane The Catholic Justice and Peace Commission Archdiocese of Brisbane will work with around 100 parishes in Brisbane to run greenhouse gas abatement programs. The Commission will organise campaigns in parishes and schools to promote greater use of public transport, walking cycling and car pooling as well as promoting the use of energy efficient products.

South Australia

Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Adelaide City Council Adelaide City will work with nine other Adelaide councils (Burnside, Marion, Mitcham, Holdfast Bay, Norwood, Payneham, Onkaparinga, St Peters, Unley and West Torrens) to deliver greenhouse workshops with residents. They will also offer discounted energy and water efficient products. John Denlay
South Australian Cool Communities Facilitator
Conservation Council of South Australia
120 Wakefield Street
Adelaide SA 5000
Telephone: 08 8223 5155
Facsimile: 08 8232 4782
Campbelltown City Council Campbelltown City Council is a metropolitan council with around 18,000 households. The Council plans to use neighbourhood networks to improve energy and water efficiency in the area.
Bookmark Biosphere Trust/ Berri Barmera District Council This community consists of the residents of the Bookmark Biospere region, which is comprised of 900,000 hectares of mallee bushland and agricultural areas. The community plans to conduct workshops with local residents and businesses to help them reduce greenhouse emissions.


Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Launceston Environment Centre The Home Ideas Centre, Launceston Environment Centre, the Australian Association for Environmental Education and Slipstream Circus will conduct a home energy audit program and stage community events and education programs. Key features of the program will be conducting home energy audits and encouraging residents to compost their waste and use more efficient forms of transport. Helen Pryor
Tasmanian Cool Communities Facilitator
Tasmanian Environment Centre 102 Bathurst Street
Hobart TAS 7000
Telephone: 03 6234 5566
Facsimile: 03 6234 5543
Royal Hobart Hospital The Royal Hobart Hospital will work with hospital staff and volunteers to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The hospital plans to host a "Green Day" combined with car-free days and energy efficiency activities.
Tasmanian Bicycle Council The Tasmanian Bicycle Council, Taroona High School and Taroona Primary School will work with parents, students and teachers to encourage reductions in greenhouse emissions from transport. In particular, students will be encouraged to use their bikes, skateboards or walk, to and from school. As part of the program a bicycle buddy program and safe bike routes will be developed.
Hobart City Council The Passenger Transport Reference Group, Fern Tree Community Association and Hobart City Council will instigate a travel-smart based program in the Fern Tree community. In particular, the project will focus on measures to reduce the resident's use of cars to and from Hobart.
Tasmanian University Union The Tasmanian University Union and the Australian Maritime College Student's Association will conduct car-pooling programs, safe cycling routes and energy efficiency activities.


Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Western Bulldogs Education and Training Centre The Centre was established by the Western Bulldogs Football Club to foster community links by promoting campaigns of relevance to the community. The Club has a variety of plans to reduce help reduce greenhouse emissions including car-pooling, energy efficiency activities and consumer purchasing education programs. Daniel Voronoff
Victorian Cool Communities Facilitator
Environment Victoria
19 O'Connell Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Telephone: 03 9320 5400
Facsimile: 03 9348 9055
City of Port Phillip The bayside municipality of City of Port Phillip will conduct a range of activities such as seminars, festivals and household group meetings as part of their 'Sustainable Living at Home' program.

Western Australia

Applicant and Location
Project Description
Further Information
Warren Districts Renewable Energy Group The Warren Districts Renewable Energy Group is located in the agricultural and timber community of the Shire of Manjimup, WA. The Group plans to assists residents to audit the energy efficiency of their homes. Once the audits have been completed, the Group will work with residents to reduce energy use and improve recycling. Veronica Vann
Western Australian Cool Communities Facilitator
Conservation Council of Western Australia
City West Lotteries House
2 Delhi St
West Perth WA 6005
Telephone: 08 9420 7238
Facsimile: 08 9420 7273
Greenskills and Denmark Environment Centre Greenskills in a community based environment organisation operating in the Great Southern region of WA. As part of Cool Communities, they will work with people in the towns of Mt Barker, Denmark and Albany to promote energy conservation.
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council (comprising Swan, Bassendean, Belmont, Bayswater, Mundaring, Balamundra) plan to work with local school students and their families to conduct free household energy audits and greenhouse reduction measures. As part of the program, the councils will operate a mobile one stop greenhouse shop operated by Dr Cool It. The mobile van will offer free audits and subsidised energy efficient products.
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