Mt Druitt is so hot right now
A COUNCIL was given $35,000 from a state government climate change fund to study the “microclimate” of a Mt Druitt outdoor shopping strip to improve its “thermal comfort”.
The grant to Blacktown City Council was among several totalling more than $1 million handed out to councils from the controversial NSW Climate Change Fund.
Other grants were to turn community halls into “heat refuges” and test education programs to help the public avoid a mosquito-borne virus.
With electricity companies and Sydney Water forced to contribute to the fund — and thereby pushing up utility bills — Energy and Environment Minister Matt Kean said it was time to review the grants.
“I’m all for the fund if it’s going to tackle climate change, but don’t hand out grants for airconditioning and bushfire management,” Mr Kean said.
“The public expect that the fund is being used appropriately and I will be reviewing it to ensure this is happening.”
The funding for outdoor Dawson Mall in Mt Druitt, near Westfield Mt Druitt, was among a raft of grants issued to councils as part of the first round of the fund’s Increasing Resilience to Climate Change scheme.