Protecting our Liveable City
Our Plan for Macnamara
From the city to the sea, our wide open green spaces and our thriving arts and culture scene, there’s a lot to love about living in Macnamara. As our suburbs grow and our infrastructure ages, we need leaders who will plan for the future of our community.
The Greens have a plan to protect our liveable city by rapidly transitioning to renewable energy, investing in public transport, looking after our environment and making sure planning decisions are made for people, not property developers.
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The Greens will:
- Take action on Climate change
- Invest in public and active transport
- Protect our environment
- Protect Port Phillip Bay
- Work towards a home for all
- Fight for better planning
- Support local arts and culture
- Invest in community sport
- Improve health funding and
- Make education more accessible
Taking action on climate change
The Greens have a comprehensive plan to rapidly transition away from coal to clean, cheap and reliable renewable energy.
The key points of our plan are:
- Phase out coal exports by 2030
- Invest in becoming a renewable energy superpower
- Restore a price on carbon
- Ensure a just transition for workers and create more than 179,780 full time jobs each year in green jobs
- Lower power bills for households and small businesses
- Drive the electric vehicle revolution
Solar for all
Macnamara currently has one of the lowest rates of take up of solar energy in the country. This is largely due to the high numbers of both apartment dwellers and renters. Our Solar for All program will support landlords and apartment dwellers to install rooftop solar on their property or participate in local solar gardens. This program will save the typical landlord $4,450 for installation of an average 4kW solar system and could save renters $890 a year on electricity bills.
Climate adaption fund
We’re already seeing the effects of climate change all around us with severe drought, extreme heat and more bushfires. As a coastal community, rising sea levels pose a threat to our homes and way of life. The Greens will establish a climate adaptation fund to support community organisations who are working on climate adaptation at a grassroots level. Projects that could be funded include local initiatives such as conservation works to build seafront resilience, flood mitigation projects and support for councils to develop adaptation plans.
The electric vehicle revolution
Our plan to drive the electric vehicle revolution will make electric vehicle ownership accessible to many more people across Macnamara. Our plan will see new fuel combustion vehicles phased out of the market by 2030. We will waive registration costs for electric vehicles and remove GST, stamp duty and import tariffs to reduce the cost of electric vehicles by around 20 per cent. We will also establish a $150 million fund to provide grants for the installation of public EV charging infrastructure to make charging stations more accessible.
Our full plan to transition to renewable energy is available at greens.org.au/renew-australia.
Investing in public and active transport
Our plan prioritises clean, safe, affordable public and active transport. And by ending toll road rorts, properly funding rail and bus services and giving walking and riding the legitimacy they deserve, we’ll help people get where they’re going quicker.
The Greens will establish a dedicated public and active transport fund. We will ease overcrowding on public transport routes in Macnamara by co-funding new rolling stock with the state government to ensure that there are more trains on the Sandringham line, more trams on St Kilda Road, the 96 and the 109. We will commit to delivering a much needed tram for Fishermans Bend within 4 years.
The Greens will establish an Active Transport Fund worth $2.5 billion over the next ten years, to invest in cycling and walking infrastructure in Australia, including constructing and upgrading off-road paths and dedicated Copenhagen lanes. In Macnamara, we will prioritise building a separated bike lane for St Kilda Road, to be delivered in a timely manner.
Protecting our environment
The Greens will introduce a new generation of environmental laws that will be overseen by an independent federal regulatory body with expanded responsibility and with real power to enforce the law. Crucially, this national Environment Protection Agency will operate at arm’s length from politicians and lobbyists.
Locally, we will invest $3 million in the Elster Creek Catchment redevelopment. We will also invest $2.75 million in the Port Phillip EcoCentre redevelopment. We will also work with state and local governments to ensure that we keep trucks off of our residential streets.
We will act to end the waste and recycling crisis. For years Australians have diligently sorted our recycling into the yellow-lid bin. This has stopped millions of tonnes of waste from going to landfill and helped build an industry that employs 50,000 people across the country. But Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis and plastic pollution is choking our oceans. The Greens have a plan to reboot the recycling industry to bring it up to scratch, to help build domestic demand for recycling, and to getting closer to the aim of zero waste.
Protecting Port Phillip Bay
Every year more than 828 million pieces of litter make their way from the Yarra
and Maribyrnong rivers into Port Phillip Bay. The Greens have a plan to work with industry, scientists, innovators, consumer and community groups, and state and local governments to phase out single use plastics. We will also establish a national container deposit scheme to reduce the amount of plastic and other recyclable waste that ends up in the Bay.
The Greens would establish a Plastics Co-operative Research Centre (CRC) to lead Australia’s research efforts into reducing plastic waste, cleaning up our oceans and finding end-markets for recovered plastic.
We will work with the state government to establish a limit of 0.1% sulphur content for marine fuel for ships berthing at Station Pier to protect water and air quality in Port Phillip Bay.
Working towards a home for all
In a wealthy country like Australia, no one should be without a home. Unfortunately, years of Liberal and Labor governments have treated housing like a commodity and created a system that works best for their big corporate donors. First home buyers compete with wealthy investors who benefit from tax breaks, and our laws are skewed to favour landlords over families and young people renting. The Greens will ensure we have a housing system that puts people’s needs before property developer greed.
More than half (52%) of the residents in Macnamara rent their home and the average rent is 29% above the average Victorian rent. Our housing plan ensures that there are real rights for renters including the implementation of a national standard for renters’ rights and increase funding for tenancy advice services and a cap of rent increases.
Our plan also includes measures to close the tax loopholes that make it difficult for first home buyers to enter the market. We will reform negative gearing and the capital gains tax discount and replace stamp duty with land tax.
With growing inequality we are seeing increasing numbers of people in Macnamara becoming homeless. We will Establish a Federal Housing Trust to fund the building of 500,000 public and community homes around the country and increased funding for crisis services.
Fighting for better planning and development
Our city should be planned for people, not property developers. Political donations from property developers corrupt decision making systems. The Greens will ban all political donations from property developers and other corporations who are seeking to buy influence.
We will act on the cladding crisis that has left many of our buildings
- Conduct a National Audit of all high-rise buildings in Australia;
- The urgent removal or remediation of unsafe PE core cladding from all high-risk buildings, supported by the establishment of a ‘Emergency Cladding Safety Fund’ with an initial injection of $50 million;
- Ban the importation of flammable unsafe cladding as recommended by a federal Senate inquiry;
- Amend the Building Code to ban the use of flammable unsafe cladding in construction and;
- Require the Commonwealth to lead a COAG decision to implement a new levy on developers to recoup costs of solving the unsafe cladding problem.
Support for local arts and culture
Macnamara is home to a thriving and diverse arts scene. The Greens have stood with the arts community throughout the successive cuts to funding inflicted by the Coalition Government over the past 6 years.
We will support our local creative industries and organisations including a $5 million federal contribution to the upgrade of the South Melbourne Town Hall used by the Australian National Academy of Music.
This electorate is home to a flourishing video games industry which we will support through the establishment of the Games Investment and Enterprise Fund.
Investing in community sport
Community sport is a core part of Australian life and Macnamara is home to a huge number of sporting teams and associations.
Our plan for community sport will ensure improved access to sport, including organised sport, for children and young people, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ+ people, older Australians and people of low socioeconomic status.It will also encourage the continued promotion and professionalisation of women’s sport.
The Greens will allocate funding to directly subsidise the cost of sports fees for children between the ages of 5-18, who come from CALD or First Peoples backgrounds, identify as having a disability or who are covered by a low income concession card. This subsidy of up to $100 per child will provide direct financial assistance to families to ensure that the most common barrier to sports participation can be addressed.
The Greens will allocate $15million per year to top up state and local funding for community sports to boost participation and inclusion. Money from this fund will go to supporting much needed upgrades to local sporting facilities in Macnamara.
Improving funding for health services
The Greens have a comprehensive plan to not only properly fund our hospitals but also to put dental into medicare and ensure that mental health services are properly funded.
We will invest in the health of our community and high quality, free public health care is a basic service that everyone needs to live a decent life.
Under our plan, hospital waitlists will be significantly reduced and you’ll be able to go to the dentist and use your Medicare card instead of paying huge fees.
We will keep people healthier, and out of hospitals, by introducing an Independent Preventative Health Commission who deliver evidence-based programs that tackle the rising rates of obesity, diabetes and heart disease by putting prevention at the heart of health care.
Making education accessible
Everyone has a right to accessible and affordable education, whether you are leaving school, changing careers or looking to gain new skills and knowledge. Education enriches all stages of our lives. The opportunity to learn unlocks our potential, reduces inequality and allows us to live a good life. Guaranteeing universal access to education helps us build a just society and prepare for a brighter future.
We will properly fund public schools to ensure that all the schools in our electorate have everything that they need to meet the Schooling Resourcing Standard by 2023. We will increase Capital Grants Program funding to ensure that we are able to build the infrastructure our schools need. The Greens the only party with a plan to guarantee all public schools are fully funded to meet the needs of their students and teachers.
We will make TAFE and undergraduate university free again. Students leaving university or TAFE now face greater pressures than ever before, including high youth unemployment and record high housing and living costs. Being saddled with tens of thousands of dollars in student debt that takes decades to repay is unsustainable and unfair. Our plan will fund unlimited free TAFE and undergraduate university for everyone, increase Youth Allowance by $75 a week, and boost uni funding by 10% to better support students, teachers and staff, so no one leaves uni with an enormous debt that will take a decade to pay off. There are 2644 students at TAFE and 13,711 university students in Macnamara who will benefit from this plan.
We will guarantee affordable childcare for every family. Under our plan, four out of five families will become eligible for entirely free childcare. There will be no barriers for your child to access pre-school. It doesn’t matter what you earn, where you live, or how much you work or study, your child will get the care and education they need. That means that 6,650 families in Macnamara will be better off.
Paying for our plans
The Greens plan is fully costed by the independent Parliamentary Budget Office. We can raise billions of dollars by making corporations pay more tax and ending the $11 billion per year tax avoidance industry.
Right now, 1 in 3 of the largest corporations in Australia are paying no tax at all. Decades of Labor and Liberal governments have let them get away with it. With that money, we’d prioritise funding the things that our community needs to plan for the future.
You can see how we’ll fund our plans at: greens.org.au/funding.
Why vote Green?
Melbourne is regularly named as one of the most liveable cities in the world. But as our population grows and our infrastructure ages, it is essential that leaders at all levels of government plan for the future of our community and protect the things we love about our area.
Decades of both Liberal and Labor governments have failed to invest in the infrastructure we need or plan for the future of our community.
The Greens have a plan to protect our liveable city by transitioning to renewable energy, investing in public transport, looking after our environment and making sure our city is planned for people, not property developers.
At this federal election, there are just 477 votes separating the Greens from the major parties. Your vote is powerful. You can elect Steph Hodgins-May, a strong, local representative who will fight in Parliament for our community.
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