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The Hon Peter Garrett AM MP
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts

A 'Green Start' for vulnerable Australians

Media release
25 November 2009

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Environment Minister Peter Garrett today announced a new $130 million program to help improve the energy and water efficiency of low-income and disadvantaged Australian households.

Visiting the YWCA in Canberra, Mr Garrett said the Rudd Government’s Green Start program will connect Australia’s most vulnerable households with practical and personal advice and support.

“On average, low-income earners spend a higher proportion of their weekly household budget on energy and water, making these Australians particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change” Mr Garrett said.

“This program will arm people and households with greater knowledge and a range of resources to help them reduce energy and water costs and help take the pressure off their power bills.”

Minister Garrett said that under Green Start, eligible householders would receive:

“We’ll be working closely with the social welfare sector, Centrelink and FAHCSIA and state and territory governments to ensure Green Start connects with and complements programs and activities already in place in various jurisdictions,” Minister Garrett said.

“Local brokers will ensure the program is delivered to the areas and households most in need.

The Australian Government is now calling for bids to deliver the program. The details are on AusTender. The tender period will close on 14 January 2010.

Green Start is expected to roll out across Australia in 2010.

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