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Western Victorian motorists enjoying a cheaper ride with LPG.



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Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

20 August 2007

WESTERN VICTORIAN MOTORISTS ENJOYING A CHEAPER RIDE WITH LPG

Motorists in Western Victoria have responded enthusiastically to the Australian government's LPG Vehicle Scheme which celebrated its one year anniversary this week.

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said since the scheme was introduced last August, over $53million in rebates had been paid to more than 26,000 motorists across Victoria, showing that Victorians have taken to the scheme more than any other state.

"Rising petrol prices are putting a lot of pressure on the family budget so it's great to be able to provide local motorists with a cheaper fuel alternative," Mr Hawker said.

"The scheme provides a tax-free grant of up to $2,000 for an LPG conversion and $1,000 towards the purchase of an LPG dedicated vehicle.

Mr Hawker commended the LPG industry which had responded magnificently to the increased demand by ramping up equipment production and employing and training more installers.

"The fact that so many people are embracing the scheme is excellent and means that the Government's initiative is needed, timely and welcome.

"The scheme runs for eight years and is uncapped so all eligible persons will be able to receive the grant."

Motorists can calculate potential savings by visiting www.lpgautogas.com.au and entering their vehicle's details.

For more information phone the AusIndustry hotline on 13 28 46, log on to www.ausindustry.gov.au or visit Centrelink and Medicare shopfronts.

*Please find attached a spreadsheet outlining payments by postcode, giving a clearer indication of the take up in particular regions of the electorate.

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