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NSW Greens launch $7 billion renewables policy in Mullumbimby

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Local renewable energy projects would be funded on a dollar-for-dollar basis and solar-powered batteries made mandatory on all new homes under The NSW Greens renewable energy policy, launched in Mullumbimby yesterday.

Launched by Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale, local MP Tamara Smith and Vice-President of Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM), Thomas Keily, the policy sets out more than $7 billion worth of investment.

According to The Greens this would allow NSW to have 100 per cent of its energy generated through renewable sources by 2030.

‘Climate change is at a crisis point – we no longer have the luxury of time to fiddle around with half-hearted policies and delaying tactics,’ Senator Di Natale said.

‘I challenge Premier Berejiklian and NSW Labor Leader Michael Daley to show some leadership and adopt our plan to ensure a clean energy future for New South Wales.”

The Greens policy includes a range of ambitious measures to transform the state’s energy generation system, including $5 billion worth of ‘renewable infrastructure hubs’ such as wind and solar farms – some of which would be built in Lismore – and pumped storage hydroelectricity.

A further $1.25 billion would be spent on other solar energy projects, including $2000 rebates for a million homes which have rooftop solar and batteries, and the installation of solar on all public housing and government buildings.

‘The Northern Rivers should be leading the transition to renewable energy, we already lead well above the state average in rooftop solar generation, innovative Local Government projects and groups like COREM and Enova Energy leading the way in community-owned renewable energy,’ Ms Smith said.

‘Voters overwhelmingly want increased solar energy but the Liberal-National State Government is sadly behind the curve having no real Renewable Energy Target.’

‘The Greens have the best and most comprehensive plan for a clean energy future, which is why we are the only party awarded full marks in the Nature Conservation Council’s Policy Scorecard. In the Northern Rivers our plan will drives down emissions, reduce energy bills by $410 per year and create at least 1,100 new jobs in the renewable energy industry.’

Mr Kiely said COREM was working to democratise and localise the energy system by delivering small scale locally owned renewable energy projects.

‘We have the technology, but we need good policy and funding for Mullumbimby to be at the forefront of community energy projects,’ he said.

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  1. The mystery is, why wn’t the Greens talk about population growth? It’s caused a 20% emissions increase over the last decade, it’s packing and bloating the built environment, and yet, nothing….

  2. Lets not forget the emissions from the major festivals and tourism. Byron Shire has the highest levels of carbon emissions on the NSW coast but no one wants to know about anything that might cause problems for the big money. Richard di Natale is a big advocate for increase immigration and has no interest in any environmental sustainability.

  3. And what about the Greens silence on herbicide/pesticide use?

    Large tracts of camphor laurels are being poisoned in the Byron shire along with spraying along some creek edges and drains. Filmed evidence of koalas using the camphor as a food and refuge resource is now available to view.

    And the state of our creeks and rivers as more and more domestic users draw from them? No regulation and no enforcement. Why aren’t the Greens pushing water collection from every roof space as climate unpredictability becomes more acute.

    The environment is at the bottom of the heap as we see metal jumbles erected at our expense.

  4. It’s so clear that investing in renewables is the most urgent issue facing us in this time of not only climate change but increasing environmental collapse. Thanks Tamara for having the courage to lead and coming up with ideas for the Northern Rivers that address the most pressing issues.

  5. We live in an age when EV buses can travel 450km – from one end of our region and back – on a single charge of renewable power . Yet the Greens still want to put a dirty diesel train – the only kind that can run off the grid for more than a few flat kms – back in the Northern Rivers. A train that will take funding from roads and from school and other bus services and does go anywhere near most public transport dependent people live, nor any of the campuses or hospitals and most other key destinations.

    A shame too that they are so half hearted about the most sustainable transprot of all – the bicycle. It has been left to the Nationals to fund cycleways to Lennox and Suffolk Park, and like Labor, to provide unequivocal support for sustainable tourism in our region along the rail trail .

    People deserve to be able to travel safely and sustainably on active and public transport. If you care about the role active and real public transport play in averting climate change and don’t want a train to ever again spew diesel fumes into our atmosphere here, preference the Greens last.


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