Friends of the Earth Melbourne has launched a fact-finding Renewable Energy Target Review Road Trip which will be visiting Geelong on 27 April in order to attend the Renew Geelong Picnic
The RET Review Road Trip was launched on 8 April 2014 at the Hepburn Wind farm – the birthplace of community energy in Australia.
The visit to the Hepburn Wind farm was the first stop in a three-month road trip to get a real understanding of the impacts of energy policy, and particularly the Renewable Energy Target, have on Victorian communities.
The Abbott government has initiated a review of the Renewable Energy Target – Australia’s most effective policy for addressing climate change. The government appointed Dick Warburton (AO LVO), former Caltex chairman who Renew Economy describes as a “climate change denier,” to chair the review.
With these credentials, it’s no wonder people fear the Warburton-led panel will recommend weakening the Renewable Energy Target. A weakened target will set Australia back and undermine our efforts to address climate change. It will cost jobs, investment, and hurt Australian businesses.
The launch event was featured on ABC Ballarat radio and WIN News reaching an audience of over 110,000 viewers with our pro-renewable energy message. The Weekly Times covered the event, and there are stories to come at Renew Economy and The Hepburn Advocate.
Over twenty people from the region braved the rain to support the event.
To help build on this momentum Yes2Renewables invites you to sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Tony Abbott to respect public opinion and protect the Renewable Energy Target.
» Yes2Renewables are also looking for local ‘Renewable Energy Champions’ to collect signatures in your community. If you’d like to get active in your area, contact Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator Leigh Ewbank on leigh.ewbank@FoE.org.au
RET Review Road Trip Itinerary
Stop 1 on the RET Review Road Trip was Hepburn Wind on 8th of April. Next on the trip itinerary is the coal affected communities Morwell and Anglesea, the community event Renew Geelong Picnic on 27th of April as well as a visit at Geelong Galvanizing, Ararat Regional City, Victoria’s solar suburb Hoppers Crossing plus various solar homes and another wind farm. The trip will end with paying the RET Review panel a visit.
» For more details, contact Leigh Ewbank, Yes 2 Renewables community coordinator, on leigh.ewbank@FoE.org.au
Latrobe Valley Express – 17 April 2014:
Campaign to retain renewable energy target
Friends of the Earth representatives and members of the community came together in Morwell yesterday as part of a campaign to retain the renewable energy target.