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

23 March 2006

New $3 million Australian Government funding to help WA consumers travel smarter

A $3 million funding boost from the Australian Government will encourage communities and individuals to walk, cycle, use public transport and limit the use of private vehicles, not only to improve their health but reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Announcing the funding, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Senator Ian Campbell said that over three years more than 218,000 people in Western Australia could receive information kits on alternative travel options, cutting greenhouse gases by up to 371,000 tonnes.

“We expect this WA project will result in annual savings of 15 million fewer car trips and 240 million fewer car kilometres,” Senator Campbell said.

“Residents in the suburbs of Victoria Park, Canning, Gosnells, Stirling, Vincent, Perth, Bassendean, Swan, Melville, Rockingham and Mandurah will be the first areas targeted to receive information packs containing details of walking, cycling and public transport choices available in their community.

“This project illustrates the Australian Government’s commitment to developing effective programmes to help everyone play a part in addressing climate change.

“By reducing our reliance on cars and making small changes in our transport choices we can all help reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve the quality of life for ourselves and our communities.

“This initiative will build on the results of TravelSmart Household – a programme that promotes healthy, active ways to travel – which has already delivered a 10 per cent reduction in car use across nine communities in WA.”

The project is being funded under the Australian Government’s Greenhouse Gas Abatement Programme, a major initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is a joint venture between the Australian Government and Western Australian Government.

Senator Campbell said the Australian Government was pleased to be working with the Western Australian Government to promote better transport options which will have environmental and health benefits.

Media Contact:
Renae Stoikos (Senator Campbell's office) 02 6277 7640 or 0418 568 434

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