THE HON. GREG HUNT MP
MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
THE HON. JOSH FRYDENBERG MP
MINISTER FOR RESOURCES, ENERGY AND NORTHERN AUSTRALIA
FEDERAL MEMBER FOR KOOYONG
15 June 2016
COALITION TO DELIVER $500,000 TOWARDS A NEW LOCAL ENVIRONMENT PLAN FOR KOOYONG
A re-elected Coalition Government will deliver $500,000 towards a new local environment plan for Kooyong, including two new Green Army projects for the Yarra and Koonung Corridors and $100,000 for solar for local community groups.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Energy and Resources Minister Josh Frydenberg today visited the Kew Senior Citizens Club to announce that they will receive $15,000 to assist with the cost of installing solar and battery storage.
“The Solar Communities program will provide funding for groups across Kooyong to install rooftop solar PV, solar hot water and battery storage systems for community owned buildings,” Minister Frydenberg said.
“We’re helping community groups in Kooyong to lower their power bills and play their part in reducing Australia’s emissions.”
The Coalition recognises the important role community and household solar plays in Australia’s transition to a low emissions economy with an increase in renewable energy.
“Community organisations such as churches, sporting clubs and scouts will also be able to apply for funding of up to $15,000,” Minister Hunt said.
“Around 350 community groups are expected to benefit from the expanded program, with $5 million available.”
“Unlike Labor, the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without hiking up power bills for community groups, families and businesses and putting Australian jobs at risk.”
Only the Coalition is committed to tackling climate change without a job-destroying carbon tax.
A re-elected Turnbull Government will also deliver two new Green Army projects in Kooyong, which will:
- Further improve biodiversity in the Yarra River and Koonung Creek corridors;
- Remove invasive species, renew revegetation zones, improve public access and replant native species; and
- Improve water quality of the Yarra River and Koonung Creek, protect habitat areas, and revegetate local riparian areas.
“These projects will help to ensure that Kooyong’s local areas and environment are protected and threatened species’ habitats are strengthened,” Minister Frydenberg said.
The Green Army provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience which will assist them in the future to find jobs, while generating real benefits for the local environment.
“The Green Army team will work in partnership with local community groups to deliver the projects,” Minister Hunt said.
The Green Army has been a huge success with 1145 projects announced nationally and more than 700 projects already rolled out in urban, rural and remote areas.
In Kooyong, three Green Army projects have already been rolled-out – and 114 projects are completed or underway across Victoria.
“Josh is a great local member who regularly talks to me about the environmental needs of his local community. He should be congratulated for advocating for these projects so strongly,” Minister Hunt said.
To find out more about the Green Army visit: www.australia.gov.au/greenarmy