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South West Slopes farmer in Canberra to back renewables for regional renewal

first_imgSouth West Slopes farmer in Canberra to back renewables for regional renewal Farmers for Climate ActionMonday, 22 February 2021. South West Slopes farmer Peter Holding joined a farmer delegation at Parliament House in Canberra this morning to call on the government to use clean, renewable energy to revitalise regional Australia.The visit coincides with the introduction of the Australian Local Power Agency Bill into Parliament.Peter, who runs a sheep and cropping farm at Harden and is Farmers for Climate Action’s farmer outreach officer, said: “I’m here today because I think it’s essential that regional communities are allowed to engage in renewable energy developments around the country.“If local communities are not supported to do this work, the monopolies that run the industry will retain the power. Those that are least able to are going to end up paying the cost.”Peter said that his local area stood to benefit from local energy development that would bring prices down. “Our nursing home at Harden has just closed down. That’s a massive blow to jobs in our region.“Community energy initiatives in our region offer the possibility of job and wealth creation, at a time when we really need it. Lower cost energy would benefit our local industries which are energy intensive, such as the lime mine and the duck farm, and it could also lead to a return of facilities which have left the region, such as fruit packing and cool stores.”Also at Parliament House, Farmers for Climate Action chair Charlie Prell, a NSW sheep farmer who hosts wind turbines on his property, said: “The renewable energy transformation currently underway is a once-in-a-century opportunity to revitalise regional Australia. We must have a plan that ensures the roll-out creates local jobs, increases the autonomy of the regions, lowers electricity costs and leads to the creation of a new and lucrative export industry.“The Local Power Plan outlines a clear strategy for doing this. It ensures that regional communities will have buy-in, some control, and a reasonable level of ownership of the new generation infrastructure.”Farmers for Climate Action is a movement of more than 5000 farmers and agricultural leaders working to ensure that farmers, who are on the frontlines of climate change, are part of its solution. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, autonomy, Canberra, climate change, community, electricity, Government, Harden, industry, infrastructure, NSW, parliament, property, renewable, renewable energylast_img read more