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Media Release
Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Dr David Kemp

27 November 2002

Local Government Celebrates a Shining Success at Solar Harvest

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Dr David Kemp congratulated local governments participating in Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia, for their remarkable achievements over the last five years.

"Commonwealth funding and support for Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia was announced by the Prime Minister in November 1997", Dr Kemp said.

"Five years down the track Australian local government is a world leader, with 161 councils covering 64% of our population signed on to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions."

"Not only does Australia have the fastest uptake of membership, it has the highest number of participating councils of any CCPTM program worldwide".

Cities for Climate ProtectionTM (CCPTM) Australia, a joint initiative of the Australian Greenhouse Office and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is backed by $13 million of Commonwealth funding.

Meeting this week in Newcastle for Solar Harvest, a collaboration between CCPTM Australia, the Australia New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES) and the Newcastle City Council, local government will have the opportunity to celebrate their successes, hear from noted national and international speakers, share their approaches to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and tour some of the innovative approaches implemented by Newcastle City Council.

"It is great to see that so many Australian councils are demonstrating their commitment and reducing emissions through the CCPTM Australia, and I encourage them to continue demonstrating this leadership," Dr Kemp said.

Catherine Job (02) 6277 7640 or 0408 648 400

Background Information

Solar Harvest, 27-29 November 2002

Solar Harvest is an exciting conference that combines the 3rd National Cities for Climate ProtectionTM (CCPTM) Australia and the 40th Annual Australia and New Zealand Solar Energy Society (ANZSES), giving participants a unique opportunity to learn how best to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improving energy efficiency.

Solar Harvest will be hosted in Newcastle with speakers are drawn from industry, local government and the scientific community. Newcastle's reputation as a leader in energy and resource management will be in the national spotlight.

Solar Harvest 2002 has been organised in conjunction with the Australian Greenhouse Office, Newcastle City Council and ANZSES.

Keynote speakers include:

More information about the conference is available at

Commonwealth of Australia