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Helping industry clear the air

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Four Launceston industries will receive Australian Government funding to help reduce the amount of particle pollution released into the atmosphere.

Announcing the funding at J Boag and Son today, Federal Member for Bass Michael Ferguson said that $760,000 would be allocated over three years to the brewery and three timber companies under the Launceston Clean Air Industry Programme.

These funds would be used to help industries in the Launceston area change their technologies and processes in order to reduce particle pollution.

The grants would go to:

J Boag and Son Brewing Limited

Gunns Timber and Hardware Limited

ITC Limited Ltd and

Whiteline Timber Products.

“As well as Australian Government funding, the four companies are collectively investing more than $3 million of their own money to help reduce their pollutant emissions,” Mr Ferguson said.

“This is a commitment I have been proud to have lobbied for and see honoured.”

Mr Ferguson said that with links existing between particle pollution and illnesses such as asthma and bronchitis, it’s important that all sections of the Launceston community do their bit to reduce their pollutant emissions.

The Launceston Clean Air Industry Programme aims to reduce the pollutant emissions in Launceston by up to 32 tonnes per year.

Both coarse (PM10) and fine (PM2.5) emissions will be reduced from the

participating companies.

This commitment builds on previous Australian Government initiatives to improve Launceston’s air quality.

Between 2001 and 2004, the $2.05 million Launceston Wood Heater Replacement Programme gave householders a $500 rebate to replace their wood heaters with more environmentally friendly forms of heating, such as gas and electric heating.

This programme contributed to a one-third reduction in the number of times the national standard for particles was exceeded in Launceston between 2001 and 2004 and the trend is continuing.