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Renewable energy project ‘a must’

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Kathy Booth, Dunbible

This is an open letter to federal resources and energy minister Gary Gray, with a petition by 68 members of the Dunbible/Stokers Siding community.

We urge your office to take action on the building of Australia’s first large scale renewable energy project at Port Augusta, South Australia.

Could you please reply to the following enquires, as documented at the time of collecting these petitions.

What progress has been made with the parliamentary select committee set up in 2012 to investigate this issue?

Doctors for the Environment are advocating on behalf of a renewable energy solution. In part this is due to Port Augusta suffering twice the rate of breast cancer to elsewhere in South Australia.

Indeed the recently deceased mayor of Port Augusta, Joy Baluch, also a strong advocate of renewable energy, claimed exposure to the power station, which uses mostly brown coal, as the reason for her illness. What action is being taken on this very alarming statistic?

Will your involvement, as minister for resources and energy, in finding a solution to replacing Port Augusta’s aging coal fired power stations factor into this issue the long-term economy costs of using renewable energy?

Will your involvement factor in the creation of more jobs with the potential of building in Australia a manufacturing industry to address large-scale renewable energy solutions to other interested communities such as Kalgoorlie, WA?

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