Garrett offers green loans

CLIMATE change consensus is facing stormy weather in Copenhagen but environment minister Peter Garrett is burning the midnight oil back home.

He’s offering Fraser Coast home owners up to $10,000, four-year interest-free loans to go greener behind closed doors.

Mr Garrett’s program, he says, will help us to install solar, water saving and energy efficient products.

“All home owners have to do is to apply for a free home Green Loan sustainability assessment,” the minister said yesterday.

“Then you receive your free tailored home sustainability report drawn up by one of our assessors.

“Finally you can apply for a green loan to fund your home sustainability actions to suit your needs and budget.

“You can use your own funds to improve your sustainability or with our eligible items certificate in your report, you can claim an interest-free loan of up to $10,000 over four years.

“The loan needs to come from one of our approved program financial partners.”

Partners include Westpac, ANZ, Qld Country Credit Union and Heritage Building Society.

Mr Garrett’s green loans, which aim to make Coast homes more energy and water efficient, has also attracted a handful of local eco-professionals on the promise of earning $80,000-plus a year.

They have joined 434 assessors across the state who have gone through a four-day course, a criminal check – and paid for the privilege of being dubbed a green loans assessor.

But Mr Garrett says that as of December 24 the government will “stop processing applications for certification of home sustainability assessors for the program until further notice – with the exception of assessors intending to work in currently un-serviced areas”.

To book your free Home Sustainability Assessment, call the hotline on 1800 895 076 Monday to Friday business hours.

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