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Joint Media Release
Australian Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Senator the Hon. Ian Campbell
Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources
Ian Macfarlane

26 September 2006

Townsville: Queensland's first solar city

Townsville is set to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50,000 tonnes after being named as Queensland's first Solar City.

Making the official announcement in Townsville today, Australian Resources Minister Ian Macfarlane said the city was at the forefront of a new energy future for all Australians.

"Townsville will use the latest technology to build solar energy capacity, improve energy efficiency and lower residents' energy bills. The project will potentially set new international benchmarks in energy savings," Mr Macfarlane said.

Across Townsville, the initiative will involve:

Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell congratulated Townsville on the success of its Solar Cities bid, saying the initiative would help create more energy sustainable communities.

"Townsville has all the ingredients for a successful Solar Cities trial - it has high levels of sunlight throughout the year, and an enthusiastic and committed local consortium willing to put the project into action," Senator Campbell said.

He said the Townsville: Queensland Solar City consortium would now receive up to $15 million from the Australian Government, with the consortium contributing an additional $15 million to the project.

"The $75 million Solar Cities initiative is part of the Australian Government's $2 billion climate change strategy which aims to develop clean, low emission technologies and build an international response to the challenge."

"Townsville now joins Adelaide as the nation's first Solar Cities and there will be further announcements made shortly," said the Ministers.

Townsville: Queensland solar city

Townsville is Queensland's first Solar City.

With funding under the Australian Government's $75 million Solar Cities initiative, the Townsville: Queensland Solar City consortium is working with industry, businesses and the local community to rethink the way they produce and use energy. The Townsville Solar City project will focus on Magnetic Island and the Townsville region, including Serene Valley and Riverway.

Practical benefits for the local community

In the Solar Suburb of Magnetic Island:

Across the Townsville region:

The results

Consortium leaders

The Townsville:Queensland Solar City consortium is joining with the Australian Government in delivering this innovative new trial. Project leaders are Ergon Energy, the Queensland Government's Department of Energy, the Townsville City Council, HIG Riverway (JV) and Delfin Townsville.

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