GREENS candidate for Hasluck Patrick Hyslop says the increasing risk of bushfires in the Hills is a direct result of global warming.
“Global warming is worse than scientists originally thought, and the people of Hasluck have already experienced first-hand the impact of heatwaves and increasingly serious bushfires,” he said.
“Growing up in the Hills, I remember playing near gushing creeks and the last time Mundaring Weir overflowed.”
Statistics show winter rainfalls in Perth have declined dramatically in recent years.
“I doubt the weir will ever overflow again,” the union organiser said.
The Hills local said global warming presented opportunities to make smart and necessary changes needed.
“By investing heavily in renewable energy projects we can create jobs, tackle global warming and reduce electricity prices,” he said.
He called for Australia to be at the forefront of clean energy technology, an industry he said would create more jobs.
“As a union organiser, I was incredibly disappointed to see Labor join the Liberal party in supporting the China-Australia trade deal, which allows Chinese companies to bring in cheaper foreign workers for projects in WA, instead of utilising local workers and suppliers,” he said.
The federal division of Hasluck incorporates the Shire of Mundaring, Shire of Kalamunda, City of Swan and City of Gosnells.