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1999-2000 Ministerial Statements

Investing in our Natural and Cultural Heritage
Chapter 8



The Government put in place a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) Infrastructure Programme in 1998-99, and has doubled the allocation of funds to this programme to $7.6 million over five years. The objective of the Programme is to support the development of a network of CNG refuelling stations in selected metropolitan areas where support by local organisations has been proven. The aim is to encourage fleet operators, particularly light commercial vehicles to switch to CNG. Light commercial vehicles are estimated to be a key source of growth in Australia's transport emissions to 2010. A trial of the Programme is being conducted in western Sydney with the aim of establishing up to eight refuelling sites in this region and along associated transport routes. Following the trial, the Programme will be extended to other urban areas such as Adelaide and Melbourne.

The National Standards Commission is developing standards for the testing and approval of CNG dispensers that are in use for trade. This will ensure these dispensers meet similar trade measurement requirements as petroleum and LPG dispensers.

Contact: Australian Greenhouse Office -- 02 6274 1833

National Bicycle Strategy

One of the areas for action identified in the National Greenhouse Strategy involves support for cycling. A revised national bicycle strategy, Australia Cycling aims to increase cycling for transport and recreation. An increase in cycling will improve transport access for many Australians, increase levels of individual health, and reduce greenhouse emissions, air pollution and congestion. The Commonwealth will provide the secretariat to the National Cycling Body, which will implement the strategy, and will continue to provide cycle facilities as part of its National Highways and Black Spots programmes.

Contact: Department of Transport and Regional Services -- 02 6274 7826

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