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Climate change initiatives good for the North East

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Sophie Mirabella, the Federal Member for Indi, today welcomed the Prime Minister’s major announcement of climate change initiatives as being good for Australian communities as well as the environment.

“This $627 million package of practical new climate change measures has benefits for communities, for individual households and for the environment as a whole,” Mrs Mirabella said.
“These measures are aimed at preventing 87 million tonnes of climate changing carbon a year from entering the atmosphere by 2010, which is a massive reduction.”

“Most of the measures will impact directly on all of us living in the North East as the package includes $336 million for ‘green vouchers’ for schools to improve energy and water efficiency as well as $252 million for solar hot water system rebates.”

“For the North East this means that all of our schools will be eligible for a voucher of up $50,000 to help install solar hot water systems and rainwater tanks.”
“I am delighted that this will help our schools to reduce energy and conserve water. It will also give students and our school communities a first-hand lesson in how we can act locally to preserve the environment.”

“Residents will also be able to apply for $1000 rebates for replacing energy inefficient electric storage hot water systems with solar or heat pump hot water systems in existing homes.”
“Each system will reduce annual greenhouse emissions by 3-5 tonnes and will save households on average $300 in annual electricity costs, which is an excellent contribution to reducing our individual impacts on the environment – and reducing our household budgets as well.”

Mrs Mirabella also welcomed other initiatives announced by the Prime Minister including research into nuclear power technologies and a `cap and trade’ emissions trading system that would help Australia substantially lower domestic greenhouse gas emissions at the lowest cost.
The initiatives have increased the Howard Government’s total commitment to climate change to around $3.4 billion.

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Written by Greg Naylor

18 July 2007 at 5:45 pm

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