DESIGNER and builder Tom Webster, who has lived in the northern suburbs for 21 years, will contest the seat of Butler as The Greens candidate in next month’s State Election.
Mr Webster said his party’s energy plan would help create jobs to replace those being lost in mining, oil and gas industries, and create future job prospects for children.
“The Greens Energy 2030 plan is an amazing new, innovative way forward to give ourselves a future where we don’t have to rely on mining and oil companies giving us job security that isn’t sustainable,” Mr Webster said.
“It’s time to think outside the square and embrace renewable energy for future job security.
“On conservative estimates, to transition WA’s south-west interconnected grid to renewables will create 12,000 jobs per year.
“These will be both white and blue-collar jobs in growth industries including solar, wind, wave and energy storage.
“This can be done by setting the WA renewable energy target (RET) to 100 per cent by 2030.
“WA with its massive solar resources can achieve this with proper government support.”
Mr Webster said there should also be priority placed on the expansion and improvement of the public transport system, including the rapid implementation of an urban light rail system in Perth.
“We need to look at adopting targets to shift our entire transport system from liquid fossil fuels to electrification, which can be powered by renewables,” he said.
The candidate said there should also be investigations into converting the Transperth bus fleet from diesel engines to liquid natural gas, hydrogen and electric.