Climate Friendly Communities

Labor will work with local councils to actively facilitate and promote walking and cycling through the provision of appropriate infrastructure.

Labor’s planning and local government policy ensures that all State Planning Policies including, climate change, coastal, biodiversity, liveability and sustainable transport strategies are developed in consultation with the community.

Community Wind Initiative

As part of the development of new wind farms, Labor will explore the opportunities of community co-ownership.

Under co-ownership a percentage share of a large scale renewable project is sold to a community-owned energy company.

It allows individual members of the community to buy into renewable energy projects for as little as $5000, in return for some share of generation revenue, including energy sales.

Co-ownership has been pioneered in Denmark, and successfully adopted in the United States, where 42 million people are served by community owned energy companies.

The model is also being implemented at the $588 million Sapphire Wind Farm in NSW.

Community Solar Hubs 2.0

Labor has been a long advocate for the development of community solar hubs – small networks of solar installations powering groups of buildings and houses.

Labor will deliver a two staged roll-out of Community Solar Hubs over the next four years.

Stage 1

Stage 1 will involve partnering with community housing providers to deliver cost of living relief for low income households with a ground-breaking solar energy trial.

We will identify a community of up to 100 existing low income homes to install solar and battery storage.

In addition, under Labor’s Homes for Tasmanians every new public housing property built will have solar panels and batteries installed – adding up to 1000 installations over six years.

Individual households would receive the benefits of reduced power bills, through a model which incentivises energy conservation and efficiency. Participants would have access to real time feedback on energy use and conservation.

TasNetworks will have the ability to monitor household energy use and draw down on stored energy during times of peak demand. They would also have the ability to turn appliances like hot water services off when not in use to manage loads.

The trial will allow TasNetworks to prepare for the inevitable take-up of battery storage and better understand how these systems can work in harmony with the traditional grid.

Stage 2

Labor will seek financing assistance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and ARENA to expand the Community Solar Hub program to government buildings such as schools, hospitals and offices.

We will also seek to partner with businesses in light industrial zones, particularly in energy intensive industries.

Labor’s policy will be to create a virtual power plant of connected homes, businesses and government buildings capable of contributing to the state’s energy security.

Following the model announced by the South Australian Government, Labor will seek to engage a new retailer to aggregate and manage this new distributed resource, thus bringing both generation and retail competition to the Tasmanian electricity market.

Energy Efficiency

We know that energy efficiency is the best way to reduce household power bills.

Simple measures like draft proofing, insulation and LED light globes can save hundreds of dollars a year.

Labor will provide energy efficiency upgrades for two thousand low income families around the state.

Public housing tenants will receive energy efficiency upgrades such as water saving shower heads and draft proofing, insulation along with education to assist with lowering the power bill, with an average saving of $400 per household a year.

Heating Upgrades

Labor believes it is unacceptable that some residents in public housing cannot afford to heat their homes.

That is why Labor is committed to installing 1000 heat pumps into the homes of tenants in the oldest public housing properties.

Labor’s Passenger Transport Strategy

Labor understands that encouraging more people to use passenger transport will help to combat climate change.

Labor’s goal is to make passenger transport more convenient, reduce traffic congestion and increase full-fare paying passenger numbers by 50% over ten years.

To achieve this Labor will:

  • establish a Passenger Transport Corporation which will
  • improve on-street bust stop accessibility in urban areas and make rural bus stops safer to use.
  • invest $10 million over ten years to enhance interchange and bus stop infrastructure, develop real time apps and install digital displays.
  • allocate $5 million over three years to enable ticketing integration to make travel easier regardless of operator and allow easy incorporation of future transport modes, including ferries and passenger rail.
  • Invest $5 million in a pilot fleet of smaller agile fuel efficient connector buses to supplement the existing high frequency buses on main corridors as demand requires.
  • allocate $4 million over ten years to improve commuter services in Launceston and Burnie, easing congestion and improving transport access for students.
  • allocate $14 million its first term for significant make ready works on the Hobart rail corridor to enable future transport and urban renewal options.
  • Provide free public transport to a students nearest school
  • Address congestion in Hobart with a Northern Suburbs Light Rail. We will test the market for potential operators to run a rail service through a competitive process to facilitate private investment in the project.