TAMMY SOLONEC

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - ENVIRONMENT -

How im­por­tant is ur­ban in-fill to sound en­vi­ron­men­tal man­age­ment in Swan?

In­fill is im­por­tant to de­liver a so­lu­tion for Swan's hous­ing de­mand with­out hav­ing to re­sort to ur­ban sprawl.

It is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant that in­fill is done on brown field sites (ar­eas that have pre­vi­ously been de­vel­oped) to in­cor­po­rate mul­ti­ple dwellings. This not only helps the en­vi­ron­ment but cre­ates a denser, more vi­brant area that is also safer.

Both Fed­eral and State Lib­eral Gov­ern­ments have failed to de­liver on good qual­ity in­fill and have in­stead re­solved to sprawl­ing Perth and de­stroy­ing more of our pre­cious en­vi­ron­ment.

What per­cent­age of Aus­tralia's en­ergy should come from re­new­ables and how do we get there?

A La­bor Gov­ern­ment will en­sure that at least 50 per cent of the na­tion's elec­tric­ity is sourced from re­new­able en­ergy by 2030. We will do this by ex­pand­ing the in­vest­ment man­date of the Clean En­ergy Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion, pro­vid­ing $206.6 mil­lion to the Aus­tralian Re­new­able En­ergy Agency (ARENA) to sup­port a spe­cific Con­cen­trated So­lar Ther­mal fund­ing round, es­tab­lish­ing Com­mu­nity Power Net­work and Re­gional Hubs with an in­vest­ment of $98.7 mil­lion over four years and en­sur­ing the Com­mon­wealth Gov­ern­ment leads by ex­am­ple as a di­rect pur­chaser of re­new­able en­ergy. La­bor knows re­new­able en­ergy is Aus­tralia's fu­ture.

We know it's time to trans­form our elec­tric­ity sys­tem and tran­si­tion to a clean en­ergy fu­ture. La­bor is the only party that can form gov­ern­ment and de­liver ef­fec­tive cli­mate pol­icy and the tran­si­tion to re­new­able en­ergy is the cen­tre­piece of that pol­icy.

Should the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­voke leases for any mine neg­a­tively im­pact­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef?

We will act to pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef, and the 70,000 jobs it sup­ports, from the dis­as­trous ef­fects of cli­mate change and other threats. La­bor will im­ple­ment our Great Bar­rier Reef Plan - a longterm, co-or­di­nated and re­sourced strat­egy. It will be sup­ported by $500 mil­lion over five years, in­clud­ing $377m of new in­vest­ment.

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