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Nash welcomes CWA's support for biofuels.

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Media release


Tuesday, 9 May 2006

Nationals senator for NSW Senator Fiona Nash has welcomed a move by the Country Women’s Association (CWA) of NSW to support the Australian biofuels industry, applauding the group’s efforts to support the Coalition Government’s push for greater use of biofuels in Australia.

Senator Nash said the resolution to effectively speed up production of alternative fuels such as ethanol and bio-diesel in Australia - which was carried at last week’s CWA NSW annual general meeting - is representative of a broader community understanding of the importance of utilising alternative fuel sources.

“Rising petrol prices and the environmental impact of fossil fuels are certainly making consumers re-think their choice at the bowser,” Senator Nash said.

“More and more, people are looking for alternatives and biofuels - in particular ethanol - certainly provide a very viable option.

“The Howard-Vaile Government has long been campaigning for greater production of biofuels, with a policy target of 350 million litres of biofuels by 2010.

“In the short term, and after extensive consultations with the Federal Government, the major oil companies have made a commitment to make available to consumers a minimum of 89 million litres of biofuels by the end of this year.

“This means motorists will increasingly be able to make the choice between cleaner greener homegrown blended fuels and imported fossil fuels.

“I agree whole-heartedly with the CWA that we should continue to concentrate on exploring alternative markets for our primary products, and a home-grown ethanol industry will provide these markets for Australian farmers; helping to stimulate regional development which leads to job opportunities and significant economic

growth, while addressing health concerns which benefits all Australians.”

Media contact: Julie Siegert 0429 818 600