Sustainable Cities

Public Transport Plan lacks vision

The WA Greens transport spokesperson Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC believes the State Government’s public transport plan, Public Transport for Perth in 2031, released today is disappointing for its lack of vision and complete neglects the Southern corridor.

“The extension of the rail line to Yanchep and the creation of a light rail from Mirrabooka to the CBD are significant and important – but the lack of investment in light rail elsewhere in the city will make it difficult to meet the goals of Directions 2031,” said Ms MacLaren.

“When you know what is required to deliver transport options to Perth this master plan falls short,” Ms MacLaren added. Read more »

The Greens (WA) Urban Bushland Policy

The Greens (WA) note that, despite increasing concern in the community about the need to preserve urban bushland and wetlands, the state government has presided over the continued destruction of thousands of hectares of urban natural areas. New clearing controls have failed to adequately control urban clearing. Read more »

The Greens (WA) Sustainable Human Settlements Policy

The ecological impact of Australian settlement is unacceptable and must be reduced. The Greens (WA) believe that human settlements must be designed and built to minimise environmental harm and maximise social well-being. They must incorporate environmental, social and intergenerational measures. Read more »

Greens welcome late night train trial for Perth

West Australian Greens have welcomed State Government plans to trial free 4am trains on weekends to help revellers home from nightspots.

Greens Federal transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam praised the work of Seb Brodie and Scott Brosens who campaigned for the service.

"It's heartening to see people power at work. This is only a trial but it is a positive outcome and a good start," said Senator Ludlam. Read more »

Road Rage: Budgets have Western Australia on route for oil shock

The failure of the State and Federal budgets to address years of under-investment in public transport infrastructure has left the state extremely vulnerable to rising oil prices, the Greens warned today.

In Senate Budget Estimates hearings this week, Greens spokesperson for transport, Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam, confirmed that once again, Commonwealth infrastructure funds were pouring into urban road building while public transport funding lagged far behind. Read more »

Paradigm shift necessary to improve road safety

At the launch of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety WA Greens transport spokesperson Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC called for a dramatic changes in transport planning to reduce deaths on our roads.

Lynn MacLaren said “Cars have been king of WA’s roads for too long. It’s time we radically redesigned our transport systems to ensure that public transport, cycling and walking are the dominant modes of transport in urban areas.” Read more »

Sustainable development at Harvest Lakes

“Sustainable neighbourhoods” are aggressively marketed in Perth’s suburbs but do they live up to claims or are the real estate pages drowning in greenwash? I asked LandCorp for a guided tour of one of their prized developments to see for myself.

Harvest Lakes was a trendsetter when it was first conceived 9 years on the Eastern fringe of Perth adjacent to the Kwinana Freeway. The site of the 160 hectare development was about 113 hectares of degraded dairy farm, of which only the roof of the shed could be salvaged; the rest was bush and wetland badly in need of re-generation. Read more »

Councils should move toward zero waste

South Metropolitan Greens MP Lynn MacLaren has expressed concern that Melville Council is considering diverting recyclable materials to landfill because it might work out cheaper than recycling and is calling for the council to move towards a zero waste strategy.

Hon. Lynn MacLaren says “Local Governments shouldn’t make decisions like this based on costs alone – the environmental impacts need to be considered, too. I hope most people in Melville would be happy for the council to pay a little bit more to do the right thing for the environment.” Read more »

Home Retrofitting Expo

May 15 2011 10:00

Sunday 15th May 10am - 4pm

Memorial Hall, cnr Carrington Street and Rockingham Road, Hamilton Hill

Come along and find out how to save energy, water and money in your home and garden! 

The Home Retrofitting EXPO is presented by the City of Cockburn and Green Skills.

The Home Retrofitting EXPO will assist householders to reduce their use of energy (electricity and gas) and water in the home and garden.

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Binningup Desalination Plant - renewable energy

Extract from Hansard

[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 13 April 2011]

Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Helen Morton

SOUTHERN SEAWATER DESALINATION PLANT — RENEWABLE ENERGY

Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Mental Health representing the Minister for Water Read more »