The Australian Greens congratulate Ipswich City Council for its economically and environmentally responsible decision to transition away from coal mining by not supporting new coal mines or expansions.
"This forward-thinking decision will make Ipswich, our state's fastest growing city, more liveable and healthy," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader, said.
"It gives Ipswich a competitive edge in embracing 21st Century opportunities in clean energy, agriculture, transport, IT, research and advanced manufacturing.
"The decision clearly comes with great respect for the role that coal mining has played in the city's cultural heritage and points to a transition plan for workers into industries with long-term futures.
"Across the world, modern cities are transitioning to low-pollution futures and by joining in Ipswich will reap the benefits in liveability and new economic opportunities.
"I hope that Premier Palaszczuk takes note of the leadership displayed by Ipswich and stops buddying up with Tony Abbott to throw our lot in with the dying coal industry.
"Across the state, we need investment in renewable energy and a transition plan for coal workers who are losing their jobs because the coal price is in structural decline," Senator Waters said.