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

22 July 2005

New funding to travel smarter

Communities will be encouraged to travel ‘smarter’ with a $650,000 funding boost for projects under the Australian Government’s Local Greenhouse Action programme.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, said the funding - which will be matched by State and Territory governments - will see the introduction of a range of practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.

“It is important to encourage people to rely less on their cars and increase walking, cycling and use of public transport,” Senator Campbell said.

“Over two years, the funding will help the States and Territories to introduce a range of new community projects under TravelSmart™ Australia – a better way to go, which aims to increase community uptake of sustainable transport options.”

Projects introduced with earlier Australian Government funding include infrastructure changes, such as bike racks on buses, cycle and walking paths and secure bike racks; increased local services, like shuttle bus services; changes to charging, including ‘three for free’ parking; and improving access to travel information, such as travel access guides and cycle maps.

“Changing the way we travel is important not just to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to improve our health and fitness, and make our local environments more livable,” Senator Campbell said.

Transport is the fastest growing emission sector in Australia. It accounts for more than 79.7 million tonnes of net greenhouse gas emissions, which represents 14 per cent of Australia’s total emissions. Around 90 per cent of these emissions come from road transport including cars, trucks and buses.

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