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Five star plus building standards from 1 September 2007: under $1,000 to $3,000; standard house costs paid back in savings in five years

Posted by gmarkets on 22 September, 2007

 The average cost of implementing the five star plus program to minimise energy consumption varied from under $1000 to about $3000 per new house, said Ljiljanna Ravlich, Minister for Local Government, in the Western Australian Leguislative Council on 14 August 2007.

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$500 gas heater rebate under wood heater replacement program just for Perth for now: regional air quality plans under development

Posted by gmarkets on 20 September, 2007

The Western Australian government would not immediately ensure that the $500 gas heater rebate available to metropolitan residents was made available to all residents in the Goldfields and other residents outside of the Perth metropolitan area, said Minister for the Environment, David Templeman in the Western Australian Legislative Assembly on 14 August 2007. Read the rest of this entry »

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WA pastoralists asked to vote on the Government’s proposed model for environmental management of the rangelands

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Western Australia’s pastoralists would have the opportunity to have a direct say on the State Government’s proposed model for pastoral leases for environmental management of the rangelands by getting to vote on the model, reported Farm Weekly, (06/09/2007, p.12) quoting State Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah McTiernan.

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CO2 dump approved: Chevron Australia puts cost for storage scheme and first 10 years of operations at $850 million

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

Chevron Australia general manager Colin Beckett said his company’s Barrow island project, to put carbon dioxide underground to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, would be larger than any other geosequestration scheme currently contemplated or in production, reported The Mercury (8/9/2007, p. 15).

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CO2 dump rules in South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland: none appear to deal with earthquake, water quality or leak risks, or, long-term liability

Posted by gmarkets on 19 September, 2007

South Australia had amended the Petroleum Act 2000 to include CO2 as a regulated substance which can be transported by pipeline. This Act also provides for the granting of a licence to store CO2 in natural reservoirs.

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WA state government and Local Government Association form new climate partnership

Posted by gmarkets on 15 September, 2007

The state government and local government had entered a major partnership agreement focusing on climate change and sustainability issues, announced Western Australian Minister for the Environment David Templeman in the Legislative Assembly on 14 August 2007.

Joint action on climate change and sustainability: “At the WA Local Government Association convention on 6 August 2007,” the Minister said, “I signed the agreement on behalf of the state government, along with Bill Mitchell, president of the Western Australian Local Government Association, and Eric Lumsden, president of Local Government Managers Australia. This groundbreaking agreement, which has been developed in very close collaboration with WALGA on behalf of local government, aims to ensure closer communication, collaboration and joint action on a diverse range of climate change and sustainability matters that are of mutual interest and concern to both spheres of government.”

Local government achievements recognised: “The agreement reflects the spirit and substance of the peak partnership agreements signed in 2002 and 2004,” Templeman said, “which foster cooperation and communication between the state government and local government. It also complements the Premier’s climate change action statement released in May of this year. The agreement is an indication of the importance the Carpenter government attaches to collectively addressing the wide spectrum of matters on the sustainability agenda, with a particular focus on the increasingly critical issue of climate change. Local government is to be congratulated on its achievements to date in addressing sustainability in the areas of waste management, biodiversity protection, natural resource management, energy and water conservation, community health, housing and other infrastructure development.”

New council to meet twice a year: “The new agreement signals a commitment by the Carpenter government to take a more significant leadership role in encouraging and facilitating further policy and best practice,” the Minister said. “Under the agreement a state-local government climate change and sustainability council will be formed, with high-level representation from state and local government. I will chair this body, which will meet twice a year to address strategic directions. It will provide the opportunity for significant matters to be considered at the highest levels of state and local government and for joint policies and actions to be developed and implemented.”

Reference: Mr David A. Templeman, Minister for the Environment, Member for Mandurah, ALP, Legislative Assembly of Western Australia, Hansard, 14 August 2007. A copy of these proceedings can be accessed at
http://www.parliament.wa.gov.au

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