Greens call for immediate action on cyclist fatalities with metre passing legislation

Media statement, Tuesday, 29 July 2014.

A bill introduced to ensure a minimum metre passing distance between cyclists and motorists must be passed in the State to urgently address the rise in serious injuries and fatalities on the road, explained Greens spokesperson for transport, Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC.

“Today the West is filled to the brim with news that Western Australian cyclists are increasingly incurring serious injuries and abuse on the roads; Kent Acott is right on the money when he says that safety relies on separating cars from bicycles. Read more »

Submission to the EPA on Phoenix Energy's Kwinana Waste To Energy facility

Please see below the text for Lynn MacLaren's submission to the EPA on Phoenix Energy's waste to energy facility. The deadline for the submission is today, Monday 21 July at midnight and can be made here.

This text may be used as a template for submissions. See also attached PDF version.

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Geraldton shark confirms all that’s wrong with culling

Reports about a four-metre great white shark washed up dead on a Geraldton beach confirm some of the most obvious flaws in the WA Government’s drumlining strategy, Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says.

“First we heard that several members of the public repeatedly try to save a great white that had stranded itself off the beach, at some personal risk to themselves,” Ms MacLaren said.

“One must assume that these beachgoers are not part of the Premier’s imagined “silent majority” who support his desire to exterminate large sharks off our beaches. 

“Secondly, descriptions of this shark match the species and size of shark that the Government aimed to kill this summer, albeit while failing to do so – and yet we also learn that this great white had been fitted with an acoustic tag by South Australian researchers.  Read more »

Lynn MacLaren's submission Public Environmental Review (PER), Western Australian Shark Hazard Mitigation Drum Line Program 2014-

I urge the Environmental Protection Authority to find the above proposal environmentally unacceptable on the grounds of:

•    It does not meet the EPA’s objective for Marine Fauna (being “To maintain the diversity, geographic distribution and viability of fauna at the species and population levels”); and
•    It does not meet Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act requirements relating to listed threatened species and listed migratory species and world heritage.
In addition, I am concerned that the proponent’s PER document does not meet many key requirements of the WA Environmental Protection Act 1986 that are gazetted in the Environmental Impact Assessment (Part IV Divisions 1 and 2) Administrative Procedures 2012.   The proponent’s PER document also does not meet requirements that were set out in the Environmental Scoping Document for this proposal, in the EPA’s Guidelines for Preparing an Environmental Review and in the EPA’s Checklist for documents submitted for EIA on marine and terrestrial biodiversity.  These inconsistencies with the EPA’s stated requirements for a PER document include:
•    Community and stakeholder consultation (to occur early in the planning of the proposal);
•    A detailed justification of the proposal;
•    A genuine evaluation of alternatives; and
•    Complete and technically sound information and appropriate references. Read more »

Heritage council heritate grants program open

Applications for the 2014-15 Heritage Council Heritage Grants are open. The program is entering its 18th year in operation and is a highly valued State Government initiative. The program offers support to private owners of State Heritage Listed places, these funds are invaluable in aiding important conservation works which ensure our state’s history is preserved for generations to come. Read more »

Greens MPs across the country move to protect TAFE from budget slash

Media statement, Wednesday, 18 June 2014.

At a Federal level and across the states, the Greens have introduced a motion to protect TAFE systems across the country, under threat from a ruthless state budget which stands to compromise the longstanding public body delivering vocational services. 
“In the Senate, and in the State Parliaments of  South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and  WA, the Greens are today moving to protect TAFE from a disastrous budget. The State Government is threatening this accessible education service to the community that offers courses regardless of background and location”, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.
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