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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : August 20 2008
30 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, August 21, 2008 ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Lightening the load GE's Lighting division has calculated that the simple act of changing to compact fluorescent lights will reduce energy consumption of the average Australian household by around 10 per cent. Making energy efficient EnergyAustralia's new Energy Efficiency Centre highlights energy use in homes, offices and commercial businesses through hands on displays and real examples of energy efficient appliances. Green homes gain value Green homes will be more valuable with the rising costs of energy and water, according to Archicentre, the building advisory service of the Australian Institute of Architects. Ready for climate change Senator Kim Carr has launched CSIRO's new Climate Adaptation National Research Flagship -- a multi-million dollar research program designed to boost Australia's ability to adapt to the inevitable impacts of climate change. Green Corps projects Minister for Employment Participation Brendan O'Connor has announced 59 Green Corps projects across Australia, providing new work experience opportunities for young people and also helping to improve their local environment. Council goes green BURWOOD Council's green action plan will try to reduce and reverse the negative impacts the council and the community have on the environ- ment. Air quality, water conser- vation, energy efficiency, building design and material use, recycling, waste reduction and biodiversity are all deemed important issues. The council is trialing a self-service bicycle hire system. Biodiesel to fuel the city STRATHFIELD Council has been trial- ing the use of biodiesel for three months in its 38 vehicles that run on diesel. The council is examining social and environmental factors as well as the economical issues. A council spokesman said biodiesel cost about 0.5c to 1c less than the price of diesel fuel on the day of delivery. Tree-lined streets are back IF your street is looking a bit barren, call Burwood Council and ask for a free tree for your nature strip. The council has planted about 900 street and park trees in the past two years. What we are doing: Making a difference in our community THREE local councils had their green credentials recognised at the Sustainable Cities Awards held last week. The awards run by Keep Australia Beautiful recognise environmental endeavours and initiatives carried out by the metropolitan councils, community groups and individuals. Leading the charge was Strathfield Council who won the Biodiversity Conservation Award for the second year in a row. Last year it won the same award for the the Cooks River revegetation and maintenance Project at Freshwater Park. Canada Bay Council was runner-up in two categories -- the Water Conservation Award and the Biodiversity Award where they came second behind Strathfield Council. Canterbury City Council was highly commended in the Environmental Education Award. Keep Australia Beautiful's chief executive officer Peter McLean said winners were presented with their awards at a special dinner held in Randwick Racecourse last week. ''The awards dinner was a great opportunity to receive an award, to learn from other best practice environmental management projects and to network with like-minded environmental professionals,'' he said. Water way to save run-off MORE than 4.5 million litres of drinking water are being saved each year at Concord's Cintra Park, thanks to an innovative recycling project by Canada Bay Council. When it was introduced, Mayor Angelo Tsirekas said the Cintra Hockey Water Recycling Project was one of the best recycling projects in the country and the first of its kind in NSW. The project involves capturing the run-off from the water-based hockey pitch, which would normally go down stormwater drains. In the past the park has been one of the council's biggest wasters of town water, guzzling about 7 million litres each year. The council also aims to harvest about 2.5 million litres of rainwater from the hockey pitch. Insurance issued by Insurance Australia Limited ABN 11 000 016 722 trading as NRMA Insurance. When making decisions about the product you should consider the Product Disclosure Statement available from NRMA Insurance. On existing policies, discounts apply from the date of next renewal. NRMA0074/GP/IWC Great car insurance prices. Living in the Inner West is even more attractive because great car insurance prices are right at your doorstep. Especially as you can save 10% by combining your CTP Greenslip, Home and Comprehensive Car Insurance with us. For a competitive quote, drop in to your local NRMA Office or give us a call on 132 132 today. NRMA BURWOOD 34 Belmore Street, Burwood (near the RTA) Another good reason to live in the Inner West.
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