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Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell

22 July 2005

New grants for local greenhouse action


Communities around Australia will benefit from new Australian Government grants to local governments for projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the grants from the Local Greenhouse Action programme would encourage local governments to run greenhouse gas abatement projects with their community and with other local governments in their region.

“The $200,000 in new grants will allow regional groupings of three or more local governments to join forces to undertake practical community greenhouse projects,” Senator Campbell said.

“Groups of local governments can work with local households, businesses, schools or community groups on greenhouse abatement initiatives.

“There are already good examples of local government working with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through home energy audits and retrofits, community workshops, projects with local schools, transport initiatives and energy efficient retrofits of communities facilities such as child care centres, aquatic centres and libraries.

“These new grants will encourage groups of councils to work together to increase the size and scope of these projects.”

A further $200,000 in funding will help local governments in the Cities for Climate Protection™ Australia programme (CCP) to prepare and review local greenhouse gas inventories in order to meet formal programme milestones.

CCP Australia is the world’s largest and most successful local government greenhouse programme.

“The success of CCP Australia would not be possible without the support of the Australian Government and local government participants,” Senator Campbell said.

CCP is an international programme delivered in Australia in partnership with the Australian Greenhouse Office, in the Department of the Environment and Heritage, and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). CCP encourages and supports local governments initiate greenhouse gas abatement action within their own operations and communities.

Details of the Local Greenhouse Action funding is attached.

For more information visit www.greenhouse.gov.au and www3.iclei.org

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

Funding under the Australian Government’s Local Greenhouse Action Programme

Community Abatement Grants
Australian Government funding 2005-06: $200 000
Grant applications close on Monday 29 August 2005
Who can apply Maximum number of grants on offer Grants of
Groups of 3 or more local governments to implement greenhouse gas abatement within the community 8 $25 000
Milestone Assistance Grants
Australian Government funding 2005-06: $200 000
Grant applications close on Monday 15 August 2005
Milestone 1 involves the development of corporate and community greenhouse inventories.
Who can apply Maximum number of grants on offer Grants of
Newly joined Cities for Climate Protection™ Australia councils. 10 $4000
Milestone 5 involves the review of corporate and community greenhouse inventories, assessment of achievements, and a review of forward direction.
Who can apply Maximum number of grants on offer Grants of
Cities for Climate Protection™ Australia councils currently at Milestone 4. 40 $4000
Commonwealth of Australia