$30,000 helps pump fossil fuel technology

WHILE some councils are pulling their funds out of fossil fuels, Perth city council’s just handed miner Kerry Stokes’ West Australian Newspapers $30,000 cash for an event celebrating the future technology of major mining, oil and gas companies. 

Upgrading from the 2019 Resources Technology Showcase, this year technology from the arms and space industries will be incorporated, and school kids are invited to come along on excursions to learn all about it. 

Armoured bulldozers

Along with the cash sponsorship the council will also waive $10,000 in fees, charges and parking costs for the two-day event in June, which will include companies such as  Rio Tinto, Chevron, Woodside, BHP and Caterpillar, which manufactures both mining bulldozers and armoured combat-zone bulldozers depending on customers’ preference. 

At the April 27 council meeting lord mayor Basil Zempilas had to leave the room during the item since he works for The West. 

Cr Brent Fleeton said: “I think it’s a fantastic initiative that’ll see a different type of event that I know a lot of my friends and their little kids would like to come in and see. I think it just utilises a good part of the city and does something different that we haven’t done before.”

The council sponsored the last RTS in 2019 which brought in 900 delegates, 6,000 school kids, and a few thousand other visitors. 

In recent years Vincent and Bayswater joined a growing 

list of councils divesting funds from the fossil fuel industry, but Perth councillors rejected that stance with staff recommending they “not accept lower quality investments simply to show alignment to an ideological position”. 

by DAVID BELL

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