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Sydney council wants renewable energy target ‘more extreme than Federal Labor’

A Liberal councillor has hit out at his council’s move to implement a 60 per cent renewable energy target, labelling it “extraordinary”.

Ryde Council will look into whether its facilities can source most of their power from renewables by 2030.

The target they’re looking at is twice as much as the controversial Paris Agreement.

Liberal councillor Jordan Lane is concerned about the impact the target could have on residents.

“We shouldn’t be making decisions like this if we’re not sure of the impact it’s going to have on our ratepayers,” he tells Ray Hadley.

“I find it extraordinary that we would take on board an initiative like this, that’s more extreme than Federal Labor, without first knowing whether or not it’s going to have an adverse effect on the rates.”

He says the council should focus on getting the basics right, including the “three Rs”; roads, rates and rubbish.

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