Friday, 5 October 2007

Howard Government spends to tell local government the bl**dy obvious

On 3 October 2007 Malcolm Turnbull released a report into climate change adaptation actions for local government.
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The Howard Government spent $70,804.67 [Dept. of Environment and Heritage,annual report 05-06] to have the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation (SMEC) take almost sixteen months to produce a report which reiterates the obvious to Australian local government.

Simultaneously a pitifully small amount of $4 million in new funding was announced by Mr. Turnbull "to help local governments and professional and educational organisations build their capacity to respond to the impacts of climate change."

It seems that the Howard Government continues to see political window dressing as a legitimate response to potential climate change impacts predicted for local government areas like the Clarence Valley.

The NSW Northern Rivers local government areas alone could legitimately spend the entire $4 million in building capacity to respond to climate change.

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