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ACHIEVEMENT: 1000 additional solar hot water heaters are in use around the City of Melbourne.

TARGET DATE: December 2003 PROGRESS: Some.

DESCRIPTION: This achievement aims to increase the number of solar hot waters in the municipality as a way of reducing our impact on our environment. Solar hot water heaters use the power of the sun to warm stored water that can be used 24 hours a day to supply household and business hot water needs.

I have discussed this idea with a number of parties, but a specific arrangement has yet to be crystallised. Following further work it appears that the most effective way of advancing this is by piloting the arrangements through participants active in a Sustainability Street.

The State Government provides a generous rebate for new solar hot water installations. The conditions of these rebates and details of how to apply for them is available from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Victoria at: http://www.seav.vic.gov.au

As a means of increasing the number of solar hot water heaters in the municipality, I am pursuing the idea of installation teams being in 'the neighbourhood' and providing an installation package at a reduced price than otherwise would have been available. This idea was supported by the Electrical Trades Union during he 2001 Melbourne City Council elections. It is most likely that this idea will be implemented through Melbourne City Council's involvement in the Sustainability Street program. A copy of the Electrical Trades Union release is below:

Union endorses Greens and 1000 Jobs from $300 Million Energy Efficiency Plan

The Electrical Trades Union has thrown its weight behind the Greens party candidates for the Melbourne City Council and their Green Energy plan which would generate 1000 jobs. While this is the first time a union has endorsed Greens candidates it signals the growing relationship based on the realisation of shared values.

Dean Mighell, Secretary of the Electrical Trades Union said, "The ETU is happy to endorse Greens' policies that will create skilled jobs increasing the energy efficiency of buildings in the city." He added that "There are no jobs on a dead planet, Melbourne needs a strong commitment to our environment."

Melbourne Greens councillor David Risstrom said, "As the agenda of corporations and the major parties converge, unions and Greens will have to take more responsibility for setting the political agenda."

NSW Greens MP Lee Rhiannon in Melbourne for the announcement welcomed the union-Greens co-operation."The Greens are already working with unions in NSW to stop the construction biomass power stations that would send native forests up in smoke for very little electricity, few jobs and no export value."



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23 April 2017: Only those who decline to scramble up the career ladder are interesting as human beings. Nothing is more boring than a man with a career: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918 -1956.

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