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Kelly applauds $75 million Climate Ready program.



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Mike Kelly MP

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support

Office of the Hon. Dr Mike Kelly AM MP Member for Eden-Monaro, Shop 16, City Link Plaza, Morisset Street, Queanbeyan NSW 2620

August 1, 2008 08-104

Kelly applauds $75 million Climate Ready program The Member for Eden-Monaro Mike Kelly says the Government’s $75 million Climate Ready program just announced could be a big step towards his Eden-Monaro 50/50 by 2020 goal.

“On my election I set an aspirational goal of a 50 per cent reduction of carbon emissions and a 50 per cent transition to renewable energy for my electorate by the year 2020 to build on the great work of the Clean Energy for Eternity movement and the Councils that have also committed to this goal,” Dr Kelly said this week.

Commenting on the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr’s announcement that the Climate Ready program was now open for business, Dr Kelly urged any company in Eden-Monaro developing innovative solutions to help combat climate change to apply for grants.

Climate Ready will provide dollar-for-dollar grants from $50,000 to $5 million to Australian businesses developing new products, processes and services to tackle climate change. The support is available for research and development, proof-of-concept and early-stage commercialisation activities, he said.

“We expect the Climate Ready program will result in a broad range of applications in areas as diverse as water recycling, waste recovery, small scale renewable energy technologies, green building materials, and other products, processes or services to monitor emissions or reduce energy use," he said.

Dr Kelly said he had been working with the community, scientists and industry to make Eden-Monaro a centre for leading-edge technology and creative thinking related to renewable energy.

This included the $100,000 funding from the Federal Government to undertake a feasibility study into the idea of a community solar power facility at Bega. This will be followed by added funding support if the project is viable. “Other projects I am pursuing involve biomass and biogas technologies, which have enormous potential for Eden-Monaro.” Dr Kelly said.

He also noted construction had started on the 63-turbine Capital Wind Farm, run by Babcock and Brown 10km north of Bungendore.

For further information on the Climate Ready program visit AusIndustry’s website at www.ausindustry.gov.au, or call the hotline 13 28 46.

Media inquiries: Terry Bransdon 0488 499 166