Sustainable Cities

Why can’t I catch a tram to my polling place?

Greens WA Transport Spokesperson, Lynn MacLaren MLC said today’s RAC figures on motoring vindicated Greens plans for public transport networks. 

“Voters could have been on a tram to a polling place next Saturday if the Government had put down track in 2010,” said Ms MacLaren. Read more »

Greens call for urgent action to protect WA’s precious wetlands

The Greens are calling for urgent action to protect what is left of Perth’s dwindling wetlands saying not even those listed as internationally significant are getting the protection they need.

The call was made on the eve of World Wetland Day when countries around the globe commemorated more than 40 years since the signing of the Convention on Wetlands in the Iranian City of Ramsar on February 2, 1971.
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Greens release plan for solar panels on every public housing home

The Greens have unveiled a $68 million plan to slash the power bills of some of the state’s poorest families and pensioners while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 74,000 tonnes a year.

The plan would see 1.5kW solar systems installed on the roofs of every public and community housing dwelling across the state.
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Greens Call in Umpire on Rail Costings

Greens Transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC called for an independent and transparent analysis of costings while debate rages over light and heavy rail proposals by the Government and the Opposition.

“The Government’s projected cost of a light rail network is one of the most expensive we’ve seen,” Ms MacLaren said. “I would really like to see why they are projecting more than a billion dollars.

“Likewise, we have no costs or roll-out details for the ALP’s proposed heavy rail network.
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Light rail – the time has come!

The Greens have outlined a vision for the future of Perth as we move into an era where climate change, petrol prices and traffic congestion demand that we rethink the way our city works.

Perth can prosper in a carbon-light future if we make decisions now to shock-proof ourselves against the challenges of the 21st century, and a rapid, electrified mass transit system must be a part of this vision. Read more »

Costly Bridge Only Adds to Car Woes

Welcoming the RAC’s recent push for congestion solutions, the Greens pointed to better spending priorities than a costly traffic bridge that would add to car woes.

“This $10b costly bridge will only add to our car woes,” Greens transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC said. “Light rail is where we should be putting our transport dollars.
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Environmental assessment needed for Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct at Burswood Peninsula

This is what the Burswood Peninsula looks like now. It is a far cry from its former uses as a rubbish tip, sewerage treatment works and industrial site.  The site has been rehabilitated into a public golf course (that attracts 80,000 golfers annually), lakes, birds, trees and parkland. But not for long – the State Government has other plans.
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Sustainable Settlements - Greens (WA) Policy 2012

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Green Vision for Growth along Scarborough Beach Road

Today The Greens outlined a green transformation for Scarborough Beach Road including an the extension of light rail to connect Scarborough Beach with transport hubs at Stirling and Glendalough.

In response to the draft Scarborough Beach Road Activity Corridor Framework, the Greens candidate for the North Metropolitan region, Cameron Poustie said “In terms of building a sustainable future, the Framework provides a positive vision for this strategically important corridor.” Read more »

Lynn MacLaren and Robin Chapple slam Opposition’s plan to close RRRC

South Metropolitan Region Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has slammed the Opposition Leader’s plan to shut down the waste composting facility at the Regional Waste Recovery Centre (RRRC) in Canning Vale.

“For the sake of a few votes in a marginal electorate, they risk thousands of votes across the south metropolitan region from people who support diverting waste from landfill,” said Ms MacLaren today.
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