It is time for NSW to commit to clean, community owned energy

Today in Parliament, Abigail called on the NSW Government to support Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Zone proposals and to ensure local community ownership.

Abigail said:

I give notice that on the next sitting day I will move: 

(1) That this House notes that:

  • in August 2022, the Federal Minister for Climate Change and Energy announced six proposed regions for offshore renewable energy developments (such as offshore wind) around Australia, including both the Hunter and Illawarra regions,
  • the Federal Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water sought feedback from the general public on the areas proposed for future offshore renewable energy projects, particularly offshore wind; 
  • offshore wind will be a key component of our transition away from fossil fuels, and will bring significant economic and environmental opportunities for NSW communities including clean job opportunities, generational energy security and reliability, and an investment in our local communities, and
  • the Australian Conservation Foundation has considered the possible environmental impacts of the Illawarra offshore wind proposal and has publicly backed the proposal.

(2) That this House:

  • support the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Zone proposal,
  • insists that the proposal, as it progresses, continue to pass through rigorous and appropriate approvals processes, governed in particular by the EPBC Act,
  • commends the recent efforts of local communities in supporting clean energy, including communities across Newcastle and Wollongong who rallied on Sunday 4 February in support of offshore wind farms; and 
  • calls on the NSW and Australian Governments to continue to work with local communities across NSW and commit to ensure strong community benefit ownership and sharing measures are rolled out as construction of offshore wind projects commence.

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