I welcome the federal and state governments’ decision to extend $10,000 bushfire recovery grant eligibility to small business in Indigo, Mansfield and Wangaratta local government areas after almost five months of sustained lobbying.

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The next 50 years could be the brightest ever for regional Australia if we have the smarts and grits to work hard for it. This century we could be an energy superpower.

Imagine 10,000 locally-owned renewable power stations right across the country, generating power at the best locations in the grid, bringing jobs, income and opportunity to towns small and large.

Community energy is where everyday people develop, build or benefit from an energy project like a solar installation, a wind farm or a large battery. It’s about building more renewables in regional Australia that will create jobs and make us self-sufficient.

But we’ve got no plan to make it happen.

I’ve launched a process with a panel of local community energy advocates to work together to co-design one. Can you join me?

 

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July 2, 2020

A lick of orange for the next road trip

Road trip? Rollonin! The Indi caravan that doubles as my mobile office has had a complete makeover thanks to the skills of Border design firm Kindred and the deft staff at Sign Effects Wangaratta.

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May 29, 2020

Mansfield shows its pluck and resilience

I recently talked in Mansfield with accountant Mark Evans and it reminded me of the leadership the financial sector’s unsung heroes provide in really difficult times. Here’s a short clip of my visit.

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May 16, 2020

One year on - doing politics differently

The Border Mail on May 15 explored five months of bushfire emergency and coronavirus impacts with the region’s federal MPs. May 18 was my election anniversary, and I’ve written about this first year.

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