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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

4 July 2006

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR GREENHOUSE REDUCTION SOLUTIONS

Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, is urging businesses, local government and other organisations in Western Victoria to apply for Australian Government funding to develop and implement local actions to reduce greenhouse emissions.

“These grants are open to a wide range of groups to deliver practical greenhouse abatement actions,” Mr Hawker said.

“Grants of up to $100,000 are available to businesses, local government or other organisations under the Low Emissions Technology and Abatement (LETA) measure to adopt small scale low emission technologies.

“These projects will vary but may include the installation of low energy lighting technologies for school or retail complexes, walk or ride to school campaigns or energy saving measures in homes and offices.

“Further grants totalling $280,000 are available to fund community abatement grants where three or more Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) councils will be able to work with householders, local businesses, schools or other organisations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he said.

An additional $120,000 will help local councils involved in CCP to meet their formal programme milestones.

LETA is a $26.9 million measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the longer term by developing and using cost-effective abatement opportunities and technologies in business, industry and local communities.

CCP is an international programme delivered in Australia in partnership with the Australian Greenhouse Office within the Department of the Environment and Heritage and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

“CCP Australia is the world’s largest and most successful local government greenhouse programme with a record-breaking 216 local governments participants - this represents 82 per cent of the Australian population,” Mr Hawker said.

“These grants will increase the scope of local environmental projects that are already operating in Western Victoria, and I strongly encourage groups to apply,” he said.

Please find attached details of the funding. More information about the grants can be accessed at www.greenhouse.gov.au

Media contact: Jane Templeton (03) 5572 1100

FUNDING DETAILS

Low Emissions Technology and Abatement - Strategic Abatement - Local Government and Communities Grants Australian Government funding 2006-08: $1 775 000 Expressions of Interest close on 1 August 2006 LETA-SA is a sub theme of the Low Emissions Technology and Abatement initiative, a $26.9 million measure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the longer term by supporting cost effective abatement opportunities. LETA-SA is designed to help communities work together to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Who can apply? Duration of grant Grant amount

These grants are available to local government, industry groups, community groups and professional organisations.

Grants run over two financial years and must be completed by May 2008

Up to $100 000

Community Abatement Grants Australian Government funding 2006-07: $280 000 Grant applications close on 10 July 2006

The Local Greenhouse Action programme helps local governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. It includes funding of Cities for Climate Protection Australia, the world's largest local government greenhouse programme, with 216 local governments representing 82 per cent of the Australian population. As with previous years these local governments are able to apply for two categories of grants.

Who can apply? Duration of grant Grant amount

These grants are available to groups of three or more local governments that are part of the Cities for Climate Protection programme.

Grants run over one financial year and must be completed by May 2007

$28 000

Inventory Assistant Grants Australian Government funding 2006-07: $120 000 Grant applications close either on full subscription of available grants or on 12 February 2007 Who can apply? Duration of grant Grant amount

These grants are available to local governments that are part of the Cities for Climate Protection programme.

Grants run over one financial year and must be completed by May 2007

$4 000