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Getting the NT climate ready.



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M e d i a R e l e a s e THE HON. WARREN SNOWDON MP Federal Member for Lingiari 15th August 2008 GETTING THE NT CLIMATE READY The $75 million Climate Ready program is ready and waiting for Territory businesses to apply, member for Lingiari, the Hon Warren Snowdon MP said today. Climate Ready will support Australian businesses developing new products, processes and services to tackle climate change by providing dollar-for-dollar support for research and development, proof-of-concept and early-stage commercialisation activities. Applicants can apply for grants ranging from $50,000 to $5 million. "Any local company that is developing innovative solutions to address the impact of climate change is welcome to apply," Mr Snowdon said. "Whether it’s water recycling, waste recovery, small scale renewable energy technologies, green building materials, or processes or services to monitor emissions and reduce energy use, Climate Ready can help.” Mr Snowdon said that it is vital that that the Australian Government work in partnership with our innovative companies to address the challenge of climate change. “It is predicted that climate change will see the Top End become hotter and wetter with a higher probability of tropical cyclones and storm surges. The Centre is likely to become hotter and drier increasing the risk of bushfire. If these predictions are correct the Territory’s key industries of agriculture, tourism and mining need to prepare. “Territorians are innovative and Climate Ready can help us develop initiatives to protect our economy.” Climate Ready is part of the Rudd Government’s Clean Business Australia initiative, a $240 million commitment to working in partnership with business to deliver energy and water-efficient projects with a focus on productivity and innovation. For further information visit AusIndusty’s website at www.ausindustry.gov.au, call the hotline 13 28 46 or email the hotline at hotline@ausindustry.gov.au.