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Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
20 September 2005
The Australian Government is calling for research proposals to help design new ways to improve the nation's air quality.
The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the call for proposals was the first step in rolling out $1.4 million of air quality research under the Sustainable Cities Clean Air Research Programme.
"It is essential for us to have high quality research if we are to understand and manage the impacts of air pollution in Australia," Senator Campbell said.
"This programme will provide funding for practical projects that will help decide future policies and approaches to reducing air pollution and its impacts on community health, particularly in our major cities.
"The programme will build on existing Australian and international air quality research by helping to fill gaps in the understanding of the major air pollutants and their sources."
Senator Campbell said up to $1.4 million would be available over 2005-2008 for research organisations, individuals and other governments to conduct research into:
"We are calling for Expressions of Interest for high quality research proposals right now and encourage researchers working in the field to find out more," Senator Campbell said.
Guidelines and Expressions of Interest forms are on the Department of the Environment and Heritage's atmosphere web site at www.deh.gov.au/atmosphere/airquality
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) (02) 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434