Liberals right to be queasy over shark cull costs and lack of logic

Media statement, Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Alternatives to drum lines are gaining such popularity that even Liberal backbenchers are now finding a voice to speak out against culling, says Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.

"Modern large shark-proof swimming enclosures are just one of a suite of more effective, cost efficient responses to the shark hazard than drum lines," Ms MacLaren said.
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Bike funding welcome but inadequate

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren says new joint local and State government grants that will this year fund 22km of new bike paths in metro and regional WA, and 3km of on-road bikeways – while welcome – are simply not enough to meet demand.

“There are numerous short trips that more adults and children would take by bike if they felt safer, and this is why a bolder approach to funding cycle ways is necessary.

“Perth would become a world-class cycling city by allocating three per cent of our State transport budget to bike infrastructure and planning,” Ms MacLaren said. Read more »

Premier draws blank on future drumlining costs

Months away from when he proposes to embark on a three year culling program of WA vulnerable and protected shark species the WA Premier doesn't know what it will cost, questions asked by Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren have revealed.

"No one ever accused the Liberal Party of being the party for science or the environment, but I thought the Liberals once claimed to be the party for fiscal responsibility. That is not being demonstrated in regard to the proposed drum line operation," Ms MacLaren said.
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Greens: Streamlining planning approvals will further threaten valuable green space in the State

Media statement, Thursday, 14 August 2014.

Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has emphasised that plans to streamline planning approvals by the State Government may improve affordability but risk liveability without some basic protections for the things we love the most about our cities and neighbourhoods.

“How many times have developers bulldozed bushland and wetlands, erected a sea of roofs, then constructed a small park with a gazebo as some kind of dismal attempt to compensate for the loss of biodiversity and destruction of landscape? I welcome the innovation to improve affordability, but let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Local communities have had to fight to protect the places they love.  Read more »

Greens: Urgent action needed to save Swan Canning River System following report concerns

Media statement, Wednesday, 13 August 2014.

A report released today by the Auditor General on the health of the Swan Canning River system has confirmed community and scientific concern that not enough is being done to protect the river from a range of environmental issues.
“The comprehensive report by the Auditor General shows that despite a range of  plans, strategies and actions currently in place – the Swan Canning river system is not adequately protected”, said Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren.
“One major concern is the water quality in the middle and upper sections of the Swan Canning river system is in moderate to poor condition and declining. This has been attributed to decades of human impact in the catchment and urban areas and recent climate change. Read more »

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 »