Mt Druitt is so hot right now

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

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.

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