Residents call for greener city

QUINNS Rocks Environmental Group moved four motions at the City of Wanneroo electors AGM last month.

Spokesman David Wake moved each motion, with the first seeking to protect the character of the old Quinns Rocks town site.

Mr Wake called on the City to consider the dune topography and mature vegetation as it progressed the local housing strategy and changes to residential codes for the suburb.

“The old town site is a special place,” he said.

“As density codes change, I think we should look at ways to protect the character of Quinns Rocks.”

Seconder Martin Dickie said the character and dune formations should be preserved.

His second motion asked the City to end investment in businesses related to fossil fuel exploration and production within five years, following the City of Fremantle’s example.

The City’s corporate strategy and performance director Noelene Jennings said all the City’s investments were cash or bonds, not in fossil fuel industries, and were restricted by legislation.

Mr Wake said the intent of the motion was to address any investments with major banks that in turn might fund fracking or coal extraction, and he thought it was worth the City investigating.

His third motion sought the City’s support for residents to adapt to a changing climate and reduce carbon emissions, by providing advice and incentives for household energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The fourth motion asked the City to develop a strategy to protect and increase vegetation cover in urban areas.

Mr Wake said it needed to address the urban heat island effect that came with a warming climate and increasing concrete cover by retaining vegetation.

Gnangara resident Adrian Broadbent spoke in favour of the motion, voicing concerns about urbanisation of existing “green” areas.

“We should be looking at and supporting this sort of initiative and making sure that our environments for the City of Wanneroo are a good place to live,” he said.

Councillor Domenic Zappa said it was a positive motion, and encouraged residents to apply for the City’s street tree planting program next winter.