Realising Adelaide’s Progressive Potential

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The following opinion piece was published in this month’s Adelaide Review (1 August 2015). 

Adelaide has undergone an exciting transformation in recent years but we need to resist the temptation to take our foot off the pedal. The challenge now is not to maintain the status quo but to build on this momentum by embracing new ideas and opportunities. So where to next in the revitalisation of our city?

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Council triples green scheme

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Adelaide City Council has tripled funding for its Solar Incentive Scheme with eligibility criteria expanded to include schools, businesses and office buildings. This provides a real opportunity for Council to work with the business sector to reduce emissions in the city and I was delighted to support the expanded scheme at last night’s meeting. You can read more about it in this article on InDaily. 

The City’s Green Future

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Council’s $1 Million Greener Streets program (in this year’s provisional budget) will fund demonstration projects for more green walls, roof top gardens and tree planting throughout the city. It’s a chance to really position Adelaide as a leader in sustainability. I spoke to the Adelaide Review about the benefits of the Greener Streets plan and the opportunities that lie ahead. You can read the article here.

$1 Million Greening Plan

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Last year I successfully moved a motion asking administration to develop a report looking at opportunities for rapidly greening the city, including green roofs and walls and tree planting. The proposed Greener Streets Program provides an opportunity to position Adelaide as a leading sustainable city and I’ll be advocating for it to be funded in the next budget round. You can read more about the plan in The Advertiser.

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Plan for Council to divest from fossil fuel

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Today I spoke to InDaily about my plans for an Investment and Procurement policy for Adelaide City Council. Part of the policy would include Council divesting of any investments in financial institutions that have investments in fossil fuels (eg: banking and Council’s nominated superannuation provider). The divestment campaign is gaining momentum interstate and overseas and it’s time for Adelaide to play its part. You can read more about my proposal here.

Prefab housing needed to address homelessness

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Homelessness represents an ongoing challenge for our city and there is a shortage of long term affordable housing options and accommodation for people in need. With prefabricated (or modular) housing we could build more affordable housing for half the cost and in much less time than traditional housing construction.

If elected I will lobby Council to set targets for prefabricated housing to encourage this kind of development.

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