High electricity prices and the lack of federal government leadership on energy policy in the face of climate change has made energy policy something that will influence many people’s votes in the upcoming state elections. For voters in the seat of Lismore they have a chance to hear their candidates outline their policies on renewable energy and to discuss the region’s transition away from reliance on fossil fuels this evening at 6.30pm at the Lismore City Bowls Club, Spinks Park.
Getting an idea of what candidates and their parties are proposing first hand can give voters a clearer insight into the candidates who are running in their local seat and Repower NSW have brought together Confirmed candidates and representatives including Sue Higginson (Greens), Janelle Saffin (ALP) and Susie Hearder (Animal Justice Party). National Party candidate Austen Curtin has also been invited. Other speakers will include Jacqui Mumford (Nature Conservation Council), and the event will be hosted by lawyer and comedian Mark Swivel.
Repower Northern Rivers spokesperson Jill Lyons today said the forum would be an exciting opportunity for members of the Northern Rivers community to be part of the debate around the region’s future needs.
‘The Northern Rivers has long been a hotspot for renewable, and the Lismore area has the highest uptake of rooftop solar of any local government area in NSW,’ Ms Lyons said.
‘We’ve also got Australia’s largest floating solar farm right here in East Lismore.
‘There is no doubt that voters in the state election will want to see candidates with progressive policies on renewable energy, and a genuine vision for the state’s transition to 100 per cent clean energy.
‘This is everyone’s chance to be part of the clean energy conversation.’
More details about the event are available on the Repower Northern Rivers facebook page.