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MORE than 17,000 new
jobs would be created
across the Border and
North East by taking
strong action on climate
change, a new report has found.
The report, commissioned by the Australian
Council of Trade Unions and the Australian
Conservation Foundation, claims cutting
greenhouse gas emissions would create more
work in traditional industries such as agriculture,
construction and manufacturing.
It would lead to 7000 new jobs for the North East
and 10,000 for the Riverina over the next 20 years.
But Australian Council of Trade Unions
president Sharan Burrow said the Federal
Government needed to act on renewable energy,
energy efficiency and an emissions trading
scheme for the new employment to be realised.
"The report shows that if you take the
strongest possible action on climate change you
actually grow jobs more than weak action, or no
action at all," she said.
"It demonstrates that not taking action costs
"It's essential that business in the community
understands that those who would say that
climate action costs jobs are actually not telling
"It will actually grow jobs, so it will work for the
environment and for the economy as well."
Using construction as an example, Ms Burrow
said jobs could be created by introducing
incentives for property owners such as
accelerated depreciation or a white certificate
scheme, which certifies that a certain reduction
of energy consumption has been achieved.
"This provides incentive for the market then to
retrofit and that can generate tens of thousands
of jobs almost overnight," she said.
Australian Conservation Foundation
executive director Don Henry said policies
that favoured "dirty, polluting" businesses over
clean businesses were ultimately holding back
Australia's transition to a cleaner economy.
"Australians want our leaders to show they
have got a plan to shift us to a cleaner economy
with new industries and better jobs," he said.
DEAN Street traders are becoming
increasingly concerned about
the impending loss of 300 free
parking spaces from the Volt
Lane car parks in Albury.
Some of the 80 spaces between Target and
Mate's Arcade have already been closed for a
contractors' site in the Mate's revamp, and the
rest of those will disappear when Proton starts
on a new retail building straddling Volt Lane.
Another 220 spaces will go when David
Harper's Le Hunte Properties start work on the
Australian Taxation Office site early next year
probably after the summer holidays.
Mr Harper is under contract to erect a seven-
storey building and have it handed over by
It will have 500 public car parking spaces,
probably most of them on a two-hour limit
similar to the present Volt Lane car parks and
the council will have to decide whether they will
Gerard Hunter, proprietor of Dean Street's
oldest shop, Hunters Shoes, wants the council
to call an urgent meeting of traders to discuss
the temporary loss of parking in the central
Mr Hunter said yesterday that he welcomed
the fact that 500 spaces would be included in
the new development but was worried about the
"There is no gain without pain,'' Mr Hunter said.
He believed the problems could be mitigated
by using QEII Square, introducing more angle
parking and possibly by persuading the
Commercial Club Albury to open its car park for
In 2007, Albury Council provided a free shuttle
bus between a Young Street car park and the
central business district when the Wilson Street
multideck car park was being built but fewer
than 20 people a day on average used the bus.
City Walk traders Stan Somers and Ken
Monte have also expressed concern about the
loss of parking.
Other spaces in the Kiewa Street "gasworks"
car park will be lost while Le Hunte builds a
three-deck car park for taxation officer staff.
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