City gets on the bus for change

d496155pFG Market Street. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
d496155pFG Market Street. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

THE City of Fremantle has called for more investment in public transport as part of its submission to the State Government on the issue of climate change.

The council ticked off on the submission at its November 27 meeting, which included recognising that climate change “represents one of the most crucial issues affecting the community and future generations.”

Other key points of the submission, recently ticked off by the council, related to renewable energy specifically limitations on councils caused by regulatory issues and the need for the State Government to establish clear renewable energy targets.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson called on submissions on the Climate Change in Western Australia issues paper in September.

The submissions are expected to help shape the State Climate Policy, which will guide the State’s transition to a low- carbon future.

Acting Fremantle Mayor Andrew Sullivan said the council strongly supported a policy that would set a credible trajectory towards net zero carbon emissions by, or preferably before, 2050.

“At the moment the cost of purchasing green power from Synergy and other retailers is significantly more than conventional power and the current limits on contestability in the energy market restrict options for local governments to seek competitively priced energy, including green power,” he said.