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Media Release
Senator the Hon Robert Hill
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Minister for the Environment and Heritage

1 July 1999

QUEENSLAND LEADS CLIMATE CHANGE EFFORTS


Federal Environment Minister Robert Hill today applauded seven south-east Queensland councils for their efforts in addressing climate change.

The councils of Brisbane City, Gold Coast City, Logan Shire, Maroochy Shire, Redland Shire, Caloundra City and Pine Rivers Shire are taking part in the Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia program, which is receiving $13 million in funding from the Federal Government over five years.

"Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia is a world-wide effort getting local government organisations on board the campaign to help reduce greenhouse emissions," Senator Hill said.

"Australia is a world leader with 62 towns and cities now signed up as Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia. Councils in south-east Queensland have been among the fastest to join, proving they are serious about preserving the environment for future generations."

Senator Hill praised the efforts of the councils including:

"The actions of these councils will help Australia meet its international commitments under the Kyoto Protocol."

Cities for Climate ProtectionTM Australia is an International Council for Local Environment Initiatives program run in collaboration with the Australian Greenhouse Office.

Contacts
Rod Bruem (Senator Hill) 02 6277 7640 or 0411 128 582
Carol Bartley Australian Greenhouse Office www.greenhouse.gov.au 02 6274 1859 or 0412 994 800

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