Renewable energy think tank

Members of the community are being invited to suggest topics to be considered at a renewable energy think tank in Murwillumbah next month.

Several of the region’s leading authorities on renewable energy have been invited to attend Tweed Shire Council’s second annual think tank, to build upon the success of last year’s inaugural event.

‘Each of our invited participants has been asked to suggest the topics that they wish to investigate at the 6 August forum,’ Tweed Shire Council’s sustainability program leader, Deb Firestone, said.

‘We’re also really keen for our industry experts to consider the ideas and perspectives of the wider community. People living in the Tweed are really switched on to using energy more efficiently and making the most of renewable energy sources like solar power.’

Ms Firestone said the forum’s high-calibre participants – chosen from expressions of interest for the first think tank – would work in focus groups to identify achievable outcomes and actions to foster renewable energy in the area.

‘Topics may include ways for the community and businesses to use energy more efficiently, and smart ways to make, store and use renewable energy throughout the Tweed,’ she said.

Tweed Shire Council recently adopted a resolution to start to take action on renewable energy within its own operations.

‘Council recently resolved to adopt the aspirational goal of becoming self-sufficient in renewable energy, following a Notice of Motion from Councillor Gary Bagnall,’ Tweed mayor Barry Longland said.

‘This second think tank will broaden our understanding of what steps Council can take.

‘It will also open up opportunities where we can partner with and be led by the community to achieve greater uptake of current and emerging technologies,’ he said.

To nominate ideas or topics, or just to find out more, visit and go to Renewable Energy Think Tank under ‘What’s New’. Details are also available by contacting Deb Firestone on 6670 2555.

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