Disruptions to our climate caused by greenhouse gases are putting at risk our way of life in Australia.
The Black Summer bushfires and our record drought are just two examples of the human, economic and environmental costs of runaway climate breakdown. But Australians have the smarts and the grit to address climate change.
Renewable energy is the cheapest form of power and our country is blessed with the world’s best supply of it. And we are world leaders in green manufacturing. The opportunities are there if we are clever enough to seize them. Regional Australia especially stands to benefit massively from a shift to a zero-carbon economy.
The next 50 years could be the brightest ever for regional Australia. I have a plan to make sure they are.
Read my climate change issue paper.
Our renewable energy plan for regional Australia
The next 50 years could be the brightest ever for regional Australia if we have the ideas and commitment 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 had no plan to make it happen. We’re now on the road to building one.
Read the discussion paper.
Co-design process generates 99 submissions
On July 3, the community energy co-design process launched in early May closed for submissions, with 99 received from organisations and individuals across the country. The consultation process also included 14 workshops in Indi and across the country.
Submissions came from Wagga, Tamworth, Dubbo, Noosa, Geraldton, Margaret River, Launceston, Adelaide, Geelong, Bendigo, Hobart and Shepparton. And 52 per cent of them came from Indi.
The next step is to build those submissions into a compelling plan to take to the Energy Minister in September. The plan will help unlock the benefits of community energy for every regional Australian.
View the submissions:
Speeches and media
Country must heed climate warning [Sep 2, 2020]
Finding a way to surf the renewables boom [Aug 24, 2020]
Helen Haines headlines clean jobs summit [Aug 18, 2020]
Corryong encouraged to apply again for feasibility funding [Jun 10, 2020]
Yackandandah wins grant for 100 per cent renewables [Jun 5, 2020]
Launching a renewable energy plan for Australia [May 8, 2020]