Press release: 7 December 2015

Aaron White, Noosa Greens Candidate for the 2016 Noosa Council election, has set an ambitious target for the shire to become carbon neutral by 2025. With Federal and State governments paying no more than lip service to climate change response, Mr White says it's up to communities and our local governments to act in our interests.

In the spirit of ‘think globally, act locally’ Mr White said “For Noosa to go carbon neutral, firstly Council must undertake an emissions audit to obtain the baseline data to understand where we are at the moment, so we can prioritise our future response.”

Aaron White believes there is a solid business case for becoming a sustainable carbon neutral economy as it will provide employment, stimulate innovation and adds to our clean, green biosphere brand.

At a recent Peregian Beach meeting with Qld Greens Senator Larissa Waters, Aaron discussed the possibility of Noosa accessing Federal support for renewable energy infrastructure, such as a solar farm.

After the meeting Ms Waters said “As the Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, I look forward to being able to work with Aaron as a Councillor for Noosa Shire on local clean energy opportunities and climate change adaptation.”

Mr White recognises Noosa isn’t entering this from a standing start with Council, the community and many of our businesses already acting to reduce emissions. “We have the electric bus trial, many rooftop solar and sustainable housing design, and numerous other excellent community initiatives,” he said.

"In addition to these progressive measures, I believe Noosa has to consider the feasibility of a medium scale, community owned solar far. So instead of buying ‘Green Power’ from retailers to recharge our electric buses, we can keep that money in the community to pay off our own infrastructure,” Mr White said.

“Electric car charging points for consumers and for Council vehicles, other than the buses, should be considered in the future mix,” he said.

Mr White understood Noosa Councillors were already working on related initiatives with the “Carbon Reduction and Energy Efficiency Plan” and if elected, he looks forward to joining a team of like-minded representatives.

Mr White has also been working collaboratively on the 2025 target policy with Greens Sunshine Coast Council Mayoral candidate, Mr Tony Gibson.


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