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Greens win sustainable local jobs for ACT

The Australian Greens are pleased that their negotiating skills in the Federal Senate secured funding for eight ACT heritage sites, including three historic huts at Namadgi National Park and the telescope dome on Mt Stromlo.  Both were damaged in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. 

The heritage funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and is set to generate 66 jobs in the ACT.

“These projects result from a $60 million fund for local, job-creating heritage projects that the Australian Greens secured as an amendment to the Rudd Government’s $42 billion economic stimulus package in February,” Greens Heritage Spokesperson, Senator Scott Ludlam said.

“Other important improvements to the stimulus package negotiated in February by the Greens included $200 million for local job creation; $40 million for building bike paths; and $50 million for emergency relief and financial counselling for people affected by unemployment.”

ACT Greens MLA, Meredith Hunter said that the Heritage funding announced today for the ACT will deliver a lasting benefit to Canberra community while providing local Green jobs.

“Well-loved heritage places including Gorman House, Calthorpe's House and Mt Stromlo Observatory will benefit from the Federal Stimulus funding negotiated by the Greens, ensuring they continue to play a vital role in Canberra’s, arts, academic and social heritage,” Ms Hunter said.

The historic Brayshaws Hut, Westerman’s Homestead and Waterhole Hut in Namadgi National Park will receive $68,000 for conservation work.

A further $27,000 has been allocated to the restoration of the Reynolds Telescope Dome, which was damaged in the 2003 bushfires that swept through Canberra’s western fringe, including the Mt Stromolo observatory.

Within Canberra city itself the historic Calthorpes’ House will receive $90,000 for conservation work.

“Instead of encouraging the public to rush out and buy flat screen TVs manufactured in China, the Greens’ negotiated for amendments in the stimulus package that would generate local jobs in sustainable industries – that is, we used our balance-of-power position in the Senate, shared with the two Independents, to improve the package by delivering wins for job seekers and the environment,” Senator Ludlam said.

“The Australian Greens would have liked to have seen a much greater share of the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus package spent on creating local sustainable jobs, such as in building renewable energy and public transport infrastructure – however, we consider this an important improvement on what the Government originally planned,” he concluded.

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