Stronger deadlines are needed for Launceston's power pledges, the councillors say.
At Thursday's City of Launceston council meeting, the councillors approved the five pledges as part of the Cities Power Partnership.
The council agreed to join the partnership in 2019 as part of the Sustainability Strategy and to help achieve the climate change targets it endorsed in August 2019.
The pledges involve achieving 100 per cent divestment from fossil fuels at the earliest possible date, power the council's operations by renewable energy, encourages sustainable transport use such as public transport, walking and cycling, and lobby state and federal governments to increase sustainable transport options.
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While Cr Andrea Dawkins said it was a brave step forward she said there needed to be some certain deadlines around the targets. Cr Hugh McKenzie agreed. Councillor Nick Daking said it was important to have actions that can be measured.
Cr Dawkins said the community would support the pledges if it's explained to them properly.
She said the council was not the first to do this, and would not have to reinvent the wheel to reach the goals, but should look at how other businesses have done it.
Councillor Rob Soward said everyone needed to be part of the climate change solution. He hoped the council would be a leading light, and said the proof would be in the council's next steps from here to make it a reality.
Encouraging people to get on a bike means the council needs to ensure cyclists felt safe on the road, Councillor Alan Harris said.
Councillor Janie Finlay said at the moment it can cost people more money to catch a bus than to drive to work and encouraged the council to work with other levels of government to address this.
Councillor Tim Walker said all the goals were achievable and able to have a real effect.
"I don't see any of these that aren't imminently achievable," he said.
"We will become one of those councils leading this in a non-political way."
The motion passed unanimously.
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