Thursday, 17 March 2011

Blacktown. Council leads the way

The Regenesis program, designed by Blacktown City Council along with the Liverpool Plains Shire Council, in south-west NSW, have taken the lead and developed a program where communities will be able to offset their emissions by purchasing carbon credits. ''We've always considered ourselves a leader in local government and this is another opportunity to showcase Blacktown as the first council to do this, We are leading the way and at the same time have created 21 urban forests within the city which will be a benefit to the environment as well as any carbon offsets we get,” the mayor of Blacktown, Alan Pendleton, said..The program, which was funded by a $2 million state grant, would make carbon trading accessible to local governments, farmers, community groups and residents, the Regenesis project leader, Matthew O'Connor said.