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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
24 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 18, 2008 MB ONE DEGREE OF CHANGE -- IT'S ABOUT EVERY ONE OF US Local heroes Leading lights It's a fact Mayor gets behind the wheel on car sharing scheme Chiswick and Abbotsford Cove residents are being asked to register their interest in an innovative car sharing scheme. Canada Bay Mayor Angelo Tsirekas is helping to establish the GoGet scheme in the area. ''This is a simple innovative way to get that second car off the road,'' he said. Bruce Jeffreys from GoGet said the scheme gave people all the benefits of a car, without the expense of owning one. People join as a member and book their car online or by phone. They simply have to return the car to the same spot when they are finished. ''Each month you get an itemised account, much like a phone bill,'' Mr Jeffreys said. ''What you don't get are mechanical, insurance and registration costs, cleaning hassles and everything else that goes with owning a car.'' Visit www.goget.com.auto to register your interest. School gives a lesson to all on saving water Five Dock Public School has been doing its bit to save water thanks to two new rainwater tanks. The water stored in the 37,487 and 17,580 litre tanks will be used to flush one of the school's toilet blocks and water one of the playing areas. Dual flush toilets have also been installed. The school won one of the tanks as part of the Bluescope Steel Tank-A- Day challenge. It was originally a 27,542 litre tank, but thanks to funding from Friends of Five Dock, along with the school's Parents and Citizens Association, Canada Bay Council and the Federal Government's Green Voucher for Schools program, it was increased to a 37,487 litre tank. The Parents and Citizens Association has also raised funds to upgrade the school's oval which has bare rocky areas after the recent drought. P&C president Neil Kenzler said the installation of the rainwater tanks was the first stage in the project. ''We did not wish to upgrade the oval without a source of water to irrigate it,'' he said. What we are doing: Getting the good oil on the things we purchase A new project will tackle the ''greenwashing'' of carbon offset providers -- giving consumers a better idea of the greenhouse gas effects of their purchases. Carbon Offset Watch is an independent ranking system being conducted by CHOICE, the Institute of Sustainable Futures and Total Environment Centre. Total Environment Centre Director Jeff Angel said the system would force the carbon offset industry's members to back up their claims with hard facts. ''We found that there are real differences in the quality and reliability of carbon offsets provided by different retailers,'' he said. Institute of Sustainable Futures research director Chris Reidy said Carbon Offset Watch would make it easier for consumers. ''It identifies the retailers that you can buy offsets from with confidence and those that represent a greater risk,'' he said. And Kate Norris, senior policy officer at CHOICE said it would get some of the ''spin'' out of environmental initiatives. ''For consumers keen to avoid greenwash in the largely unregulated carbon offset market, Carbon Offset Watch provides the first clear ranking showing which ones we consider are better buys," she said. Despite the fact it's a new industry, there are already 50 companies providing carbon offsets in Australia. Carbon Offset Watch will be launched this week. Visit greencapital.org.au for more information. Residents get a pat on the back for watching the taps STRATHFIELD MP Virginia Judge has congratulated residents in her electorate for their commitment to making their homes more water efficient. The latest figures released on household water efficiency programs has ranked Ashfield, Burwood and Strathfield residents as the second, third and fourth best home water-savers. ''Eighteen per cent of Ashfield Local Government Area (LGA) residents, 16 per cent of Burwood LGA residents and 14 per cent of Strathfield LGA residents have taken up Sydney Water's free Do It Yourself water saving kit,'' Ms Judge said. The DIY kit includes water efficient showerheads, flow regulators for taps and flush restrictors in single flush toilets, all easily installed by the householder. Further details about Sydney Water's WaterFix Program and DIY Kits are available at www.sydneywater.com.au
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