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South East and Tableland Regional Plan and Councils Take Action

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NSW releases South East and Tablelands Regional Plan

The NSW Government has just released its South East and Tablelands Regional Plan 2036 - a twenty year blueprint reflecting community and stakeholder aspirations and opportunities for balanced growth, while protecting the region's natural environment.

The NSW Government recognises the Plan’s alignment with the work of SERREE in developing the South East and Tablelands as a region of excellence for Australia’s renewable energy industry.

"Becoming a renewable energy hub aligns with the work of the South East Region of Renewable Energy Excellence, an industry initiative to position the South East and Tablelands as a region of excellence for Australia’s renewable energy industry"

The SERREE region has natural advantages in wind, hydro and solar energy generation.

Already, the cluster of wind farms between Queanbeyan and Crookwell, as well as at Boco Rock, and the Snowy Mountains Hydro-Electric Scheme, lead the provision of renewable energy.

Click here to access the Regional Plan

Click here to see RDA ACT's submission to the Draft Regional Plan

 

Councils Take Action

The Climate Council’s Cities Power Partnership (CPP) seeks to celebrate and accelerate the emission reduction and clean energy successes of Australian towns and cities.

Councils and communities and invited to participate by targeting actions relevant to sustainability, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, transport, advocacy and ?no.5.

On signing up to the CPP, partners gain exclusive access to an extensive knowledge hub and a power analytics tool that tracks emissions, energy, and costs of projects. It also connects participants to partner organisations to help track progress and exchange ideas.

By signing up to the program, the Climate Council offers profiling via national and local media outlets, and to their broader 20,000 supporter network.

The south east NSW region is already leading the charge with two local councils having already signed up: Yass Valley Shire and Shoalhaven councils.

Yass

The June planning report by director of planning Chris Berry includes a pledge to the five CPP actions that align with Yass Valley Council’s current operational plan.

“Climate Council allows us to provide a focus … to align community objectives and actions to the program so we’re not duplicating or adding anything extra,” Mr Berry said at the Yass Valley Council June 2017 meeting.

Shoalhaven

In a Shoalhaven Council meeting, Cr Gartner noted, “renewable energy is the way forward.   Under the CPP, “You’re joined with another council of similar size and councils can join forces for grant applications,” a council spokeswoman said.

“We have solar on the roof, and we don’t have much in the way of electricity bills.”

“Imagine what we’d be able to do if we could apply for a 50 megawatt solar farm.”

She maintains the Shoalhaven must play its role in the broader community’s climate change goals.

“We have in NSW a policy of zero net emissions by 2050, we’re all aware our federal government has signed us to the Paris treaty.”

“This change has to happen, and we have to find ways of doing that.”

The program will be launched on July 19.

Click here for more information about the program 

Sources: Yass Tribune and South Coast Register

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