Kwinana focuses on climate change
Being green is on top of the City of Kwinana's to-do list, with councillors last week adopting a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Plan from 2015 to 2020.
The strategy outlines a set of climate change goals and actions designed to reduce the City's contribution to climate change and adapt to the worst of its impacts.
The plan will set the City back $1.5 million over five years, but it is expected the projects will easily pay for themselves and return $1,770,000 to the City in today's dollars during their lifetime.
New actions proposed include 260kW of solar power installations, energy-efficient lighting, expanded tree planting programs in reserves and residential streets, planning mechanisms to support green building, and active transport and vegetation retention.
But despite the long list of environmentally friendly initiatives, councillor Wendy Cooper raised concerns new housing developments in the area were contradictory to the City's plans.
Cr Cooper said she felt the City was neglecting people and what they love about Kwinana - trees.
"We are blatantly allowing the trees in most new developments to be mowed down," she said.
Cr Cooper used the Cassia Rise development as an example of developers "culling existing trees".
The report stated the need to act on climate change was now clear - given the latest studies by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - and local governments had an important role.
Councillors voted to adopt the plan and give consideration to funding the initiatives as part of the annual budget process at last week's meeting.
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