Hobart has a golden opportunity, with Greens in key ministerial positions, to become Australia's most sustainable city, the Australian Greens said today.
Hobart is listed as sixth most sustainable city in Australia in the Australian Conservation Foundation's ranking of Australia's 20 largest cities released today. The city performs well on air quality, ecological footprint, density and affordability, but drags its heels badly on transport, green building, water, climate change and food production.
"It is great news that Hobart has been recognised for what we are already doing well, but it is even better news that, with Greens sharing balance of power and sitting in key ministries, our beautiful city can do so much better," said Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne.
"Getting light rail running from central Hobart up through the northern suburbs, as Nick McKim and I have been campaigning for, would make such a huge difference to the lives of so many workers, shoppers and students, and it lift our ranking tremendously.
"Improving the energy efficiency of our homes and offices would make our lives more comfortable, reduce our energy bills and lift our sustainability ranking.
"This is an issue I have been working on for years at a Federal level and Nick McKim is now in prime position to work on as Minister.
"I am personally particularly excited that we have our first farmers' market up and running and people are seeing the great benefits of community gardens. These opportunities for local food will only increase, bringing us all great benefits.
"What a great opportunity we have now to take big strides and make Hobart Australia's most sustainable city."