General policy positions (March 2019)
In a nutshell we support three key policies

  • 100% Renewable energy by 2030
  • No New coal or gas projects
  • Stop Adani

In a recent discussion meeting, our members homed in on these issues - affecting both Federal and State policies.


Refuse approvals for new thermal coal mines as coal is now in terminal decline.

  • Plan for a just and orderly transition for coal communities, considering both miners and power station workers, and fast enough to be consistent with Australia's international obligations on emissions. Provide retraining and support replacement industries.

  • Strengthen and enforce rehabilitation of mine sites both during operation and at closure.

  • Oppose coal and CSG projects such as mining under Sydney Water Catchment, Whitehaven's Vickery mine in the Gunnedah Basin, Bylong Valley in the Hunter region, and Santos CSG project near Narrabri.


  • Set a target to move to 100% renewable energy.

  • Encourage large scale renewable alternatives, e.g. concentrated solar thermal.

  • Provide interest-free loans to low income households for efficiency upgrades, solar PV and battery storage.

  • Encourage electricity demand management in response to changing patterns of generation and consumption.

  • Support development of pumped hydro schemes, within environmental constraints.


  • Integrate transport policy and infrastructure planning, e.g. by ensuring at least 50% of all transport infrastructure spending is directed to public and active transport.

  • Encourage shift to electric vehicles for both private and public use, together with the shift in electricity generation to renewable sources.

  • Encourage car share and ride share rather than purchase of vehicles for one-driver use.

  • Use taxes to influence transport choices, e.g. congestion tax for Sydney, carbon pricing for shipping.

  • Advocate for strong federal vehicle emissions standards, such as those in Europe and California, for both particulate and greenhouse gas emissions.

Land and water

  • Protect our underground water basins from extraction and pollution.

  • Protect our Sydney Water Catchment from longwall mining.

  • Police land clearing, and reverse the "Biodiversity" legislation which enables it.

  • Restore river health, including by limiting cotton and rice production.

  • Promote regenerative farming through grants and education.


In addition we have positions on some issues that we aren't actively campaigning on.

 Policy statement on transport (Feb 2019)

Transport is Australia's 2nd largest source of greenhouse gas pollution (18% of emissions, after electricity at 33%), and is projected to rise a further 12% by 2030. 

·       Around 85% of this pollution is from road-based transport

·       Of road-based transport, over 60% is from cars and light commercial vehicles.

(Climate Council, June 2018, Waiting for the green light: transport solutions to climate change)  


Climate Change Balmain-Rozelle's over-arching mission is to promote a rapid reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, and so the group will:

·       support policies, and may initiate campaigns that encourage early transition to energy efficient, climate friendly, healthy, safe and convenient modes of transport.

·       oppose infrastructure projects that further subsidise the cost of traditional inefficient, polluting and unaustainable personal vehicle options.


Such policies would include (but may not be limited to):

·       a shift to (in-principle) zero emission vehicles such as electric cars, in anticipation of a low-emissions grid

·       improved efficiency of petrol and diesel vehicles

·       support for infrastructure that assists the switch to low- or zero-emissions vehicles, and opposition to infrastructure that simply encourages increased use of private vehicles

·       expansion of public transport, especially where this is powered by clean energy

·       pollution-free transport options such as cycleways and walking.


Policy statement on waste (May 2015)

Recognising that many of the problems of greenhouse gas emissions relate to overconsumption, Climate Change Balmain Rozelle supports campaigns against waste which encourage the community to

  • Refuse packaging or unnecessary items
  • Reuse goods to the end of their lifecycle
  • Reduce their purchases of new items where alternatives are available or of consumables in excessive quantities.
We further support the recycling of waste materials.