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City of Fremantle – Carbon Neutral Status

MS A.S. CARLES (Fremantle) [12.57 pm]: Fremantle is fast becoming the leader in sustainability initiatives in Western Australia. On 1 October 2009 the City of Fremantle took another step. I am delighted to inform the house that the City of Fremantle has become the first local government in Western Australia to achieve carbon neutral status. As the Greens (WA) member for Fremantle and as a ratepayer in Fremantle, I would like to congratulate the City of Fremantle. Not only is it the first local government in WA to achieve this feat, it is now second in Australia after the City of Sydney. The wider Western Australian community can learn from the City of Fremantle. There are now photovoltaic panels on the roof of the Fremantle Leisure Centre. Those panels will produce enough energy to power about 10 homes. I understand that installation is the biggest solar farm in Western Australia. I would love to see solar panels gracing the roof of this very building—yes, Parliament House! Would that not set a great example to the public if we generated 100 per cent of our electricity needs from the sun. To complement its other sustainability initiatives, the City of Fremantle has adopted green power. One hundred per cent of its power is now generated by the use of green power. The City of Fremantle is taking genuine action on climate change. I wholeheartedly applaud the City of Fremantle for this. Well done, Fremantle, on becoming WA’s first carbon neutral local council.

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