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Well—we’re at it again—or at least Toni is. This time Toni has agreed to throw her hat into the ring and run for The Greens for the district of Kalamunda in the upcoming state election.

Toni will provide a strong voice for hills residents on issues such as protection of our natural environment, improvements to facilities and services for youth, families and seniors, improved access to health services and improved public transport services and infrastructure.

It will be a very tough ask. The Greens have never won a lower house seat in Western Australia, however we are hopeful of a strong showing with many residents becoming increasingly concerned about the inaction of the Labor party and the promises of the Liberal Party.

Toni Running for The Greens in Kalamunda

Volume 1, Issue 6

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In a major victory for the Stop the Eastern Terminal Substation (SETS) Action Group, Western Power has admitted that it has mis-managed the community consultation process with Eastern Terminal.

In a presentation to the Kalamunda Shire Planning Services Committee, Western Power’s Mark de Laeter, General Manager Customer Services said that the power utility had received more than 600 public submissions, the vast majority of which expressed concern about the proposed project.

Mr. de Laeter said that, while the construction of Eastern Terminal in the Hacketts Gully area remained Western Power’s preferred option, the corporation would now undertake a review of other options and would initiate a more open community consultation process.

This is the second major win for SETS which had already achieved a twelve month postponement to the project.

There have been many people who have contributed to the success of SETS. However it is worth mentioning co-convenors John Davenport and Alan Lonsdale, Claire and Ron Botman, Judith Notall, Dianne Gherardi, Sonja Notall, Ralph Bradstreet and of course my better half, Toni Warden.

The latest win made the front cover of the Hills Gazette of 16 June, which can be viewed using the link below.

Western Power Goes Back to Drawing Board with Eastern Terminal

Ginger and Pumpkin Soup

This is a hearty winter warmer, with the ginger giving the soup a nice gentle heat.

The good news is that it takes just 10 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook.

It’s low in fat, low in refined carbohydrates, and very low in carbon, making it good for your health and the health of the planet.

Low Carbon Meal of the Week

There has been a noticeable increase in the number of stories from so-called climate change sceptics in the media in recent weeks.

Last Sunday, 60 Minutes ran a story featuring David Evans, a climate change sceptic, claiming that there were thousands of scientists who are sceptical about the link between climate change and human activity.

What the story failed to mention is that, virtually without exception, these scientists do not include current, practicing climate change scientists.

In an article on the ABC website, Professor David Karoly, IPCC contributing author and advisor to Victorian Premier John Brumby, made the point that, while there has been an increase in the number of opinion pieces in the media from climate change sceptics, there has been no corresponding increase in peer-reviewed scientific papers questioning the linkage between climate change and human activities.

On the contrary the overwhelming majority of papers strengthen the conclusion that humanity is primarily responsible for climate change.

Climate Change Sceptics Ramp Up Misinformation Campaign

The state Labor government has been spending a great deal of money on climate change advertising in recent months, asking you and I to act now to reduce our emissions. You might think that the Labor Party must be serious about addressing climate change.

You’d be wrong.

There are a range of excellent initiatives underway across Western Australia that are either reducing greenhouse gas emissions or sequestering carbon.

For example, Western Power is planting 240,000 trees this year, removing the equivalent of 1 million tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Labor’s Climate Change Window Dressing

Mercedes F700 car photo

Professor David Karoly