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

23 June 2006

Applications opens for community greenhouse action


The Australian Government continues to help local communities, businesses and councils take action to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions with the availability of grants totalling almost $2.2 million.

Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell, today announced a series of grants available for local projects to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

“These community grants will involve a wide range of local projects throughout Australia, driven by different organisations to deliver targeted on-the-ground action to reduce greenhouse gases,” Senator Campbell said.

“This may include helping schools deliver ride to school campaigns, retrofitting sporting facilities with low flow showerheads and low energy lighting, or household auditing initiatives,” he said.

Senator Campbell said $1.77 million was available from the Low Emissions Technology and Abatement (LETA) measure to help local governments, businesses, or other groups adopt small scale low emission technologies.

Under the Local Greenhouse Action Programme $280,000 will fund community abatement grants where three or more Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) councils will work together on projects with householders, local businesses, schools or other local groups to reduce greenhouse gases.

A further $120,000 in funding will help local councils involved in CCP to meet formal programme milestones. CCP is an international programme delivered by the Australian Government in partnership with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

“CCP Australia is the world’s largest and most successful local government greenhouse programme with a record-breaking 216 local governments participants – this represents 82 per cent of the Australian population,” Senator Campbell said.

“It is great to see these councils joining forces to give their communities the skills and resources to reduce their greenhouse emissions. These grants will boost the size and scope of local projects and will capitalise on the good work already being done by many local communities. I urge groups to apply for the grants.”

LETA is a $26.9 million measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the longer term by developing and using cost-effective abatement opportunities and technologies in business, industry and local communities.

Local Greenhouse Action is an Australian Government programme providing $13.8 million over four years to engage with local government in identifying and implementing practical actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Senator Campbell said the grants announced today were part of the Australian Government’s almost $2 billion national climate change strategy.

Details of the funding is attached. For more information visit www.greenhouse.gov.au/local/index.html

Media contact:
Rob Broadfield (Senator Campbell's Office) 02 6277 7640 or 0409 493 902


Funding details for local communities, businesses and councils take action

Low Emissions Technology and Abatement – Strategic Abatement – Local Government and Communities Grants

LETA-SA is a sub theme of the Low Emissions Technology and Abatement initiative, a $26.9 million measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the longer term by supporting cost effective abatement opportunities. LETA-SA is designed to help communities work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Australian Government funding 2006-08: $1 775 000
Expressions of Interest close on 15 August 2006

Who can apply?

These grants are available to local government, industry groups, community groups and professional organisations.

Duration of grant

Grants run over two financial years and must be completed by May 2008

Grant amount

Up to $100 000

Local Greenhouse Action

The Local Greenhouse Action programme helps local governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It includes funding of Cities for Climate Protection Australia, the world's largest local government greenhouse programme, with 216 local governments representing 82 per cent of the Australian population. As with previous years these local governments are able to apply for two categories of grants.

Community Abatement Grants

Australian Government funding 2006-07: $280 000 Grant applications close on 24 July 2006

Who can apply?

These grants are available to groups of three or more local governments that are part of the Cities for Climate Protection programme.

Duration of grant

Grants run over one financial year and must be completed by May 2007

Grant amount

$28 000

Inventory Assistant Grants

Australian Government funding 2006-07: $120 000 Grant applications close either on full subscription of available grants or on 12 February 2007

Who can apply?

These grants are available to local governments that are part of the Cities for Climate Protection programme.

Duration of grant

Grants run over one financial year and must be completed by May 2007

Grant amount

$4 000

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