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The Hon Dr Sharman Stone
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage
Federal Member for Murray
11 September 2001
Federal Member for Murray and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Sharman Stone has presented awards to nine Victorian councils, including four from Murray, in a ceremony at Echuca today as part of the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Program.
"The CCP Program has recognised Campaspe Shire Council, City of Greater Shepparton, Gannawarra and Loddon Shires by giving them a 'leg up' in dealing with greenhouse emission issues at a local level", Sharman Stone said.
"We all now know that the world has got a lot warmer in the last 100 years, which is why the Federal Government is supporting programs to reduce greenhouse gases through the $1 billion Australian Greenhouse Office, a world first".
"Our local shires and cities are in an ideal position to encourage simple but effective changes in the workplace and community. Studies have shown that local government can influence activities that that contribute nearly 60% of all Australia's greenhouse gas emissions", Sharman Stone said.
Sharman Stone said that Campaspe and Loddon Shires received awards for reaching Milestone 1 while the City of Greater Shepparton were recognised for reaching their second milestone. Gannawarra Shire were recognised for beginning the program and making the political declaration.
"By undertaking the first milestone councils can access a $4,000 grant to reach their goals. This involves completing an inventory and forecast for key sources of emissions within council and the community".
"The second milestone then involves setting targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions".
The Federal Government has provided $13m to establish the CCP Program in conjunction with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives. Australia has 141 participating councils and has the highest uptake of any country in the world, with 60% of all councils in Australia represented.
"We are encouraging our councils to adopt a whole range of approaches to deliver greenhouse savings. Some of the latest innovative ideas include encouraging the use of 'green' power, energy efficient street lighting, sprinkler controls, cycle paths and even greenhouse friendly parking meters", Sharman Stone said.
"All of which is helping Australia to improve its greenhouse performance."
Simon Frost 0419 495 468
September 11th 2001