Clean Jobs Roadshow Report
Between August 2020 and May 2021, Clean State, supported by the Conservation Council WA and LotteryWest, engaged 1,000 people in a roadshow that stopped at eight Western Australian cities; Bunbury, Albany and Geraldton, Mount Lawley, Scarborough, Joondalup, Dawesville and Midland.
The Clean Jobs Roadshow followed the launch of the Clean State Jobs Plan - 26 Big Ideas for 200,000 WA jobs - a roadmap of employment opportunities, based on extensive research and industry consultation, to inspire Western Australia’s journey to a zero-carbon economy.
This report summarises the motivations, challenges and ideas of the 1,000 participants that took part in the Clean Jobs Roadshow. It recommends establishing a $20 million climate action fund for WA communities to provide a much-needed framework for co-ordinated climate action.
The key findings include consensus for:
• Replacing coal and gas with big renewables that make the most of WA’s wind and solar resources, create thousands of jobs and deliver cheaper, affordable energy
• Improving public buildings such as hospitals, schools and public transport infrastructure such as buses and trams with energy-efficient electricity
• Establishing local recycling solutions such as composting, repair labs and tool libraries that reduce landfill and repurpose useful household appliances
• Greening our communities through forest conservation and restoring urban areas with more green spaces
• Making social housing healthy and low-carbon through the installation of thermal insulation, solar and other energy-efficient measures that reduce costs and boost jobs
Director of Clean State
Olivia Chapman was appointed Director of Clean State in October and will lead the organisation into an exciting new phase of innovation, actionable research, and policy reform. She brings to Clean State a passion for public-private collaboration having previously led multiple international partnerships that tackled labour market challenges related to emerging technology, COVID-19 and climate change.
“I feel privileged to lead an organisation that has already achieved so much in such a short time.
“I strongly believe Western Australia can be a global leader in climate solutions, particularly in building a world-class renewables sector and supporting industry, workplaces and the community in the transition to a zero-carbon economy.
“A key focus for us, going forward, is providing evidence-based solutions that not only support, but drive the transition to a clean economy.
“We look forward to working hand in hand with the community and an alliance of organisations to achieve a cleaner, safer future for WA.”