A new review announced today examining the roll out of renewable energy infrastructure will provide a meaningful and constructive way for communities, especially in regional Australia, to have their say on the impact of current and future development of renewable energy infrastructure.
ACT Independent Senator David Pocock welcomed the Community Engagement Review, which he negotiated alongside Independent Member for Indi, Helen Haines. Senator Pocock thanked Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen for his constructive engagement and willingness to take action in response to concerns raised.
“The speed and success of our transition to clean energy depends in large part on ensuring that communities in which this infrastructure is rolled out enjoy the benefits that come from the clean energy industry,” Senator Pocock said.
“While necessary, new renewable energy infrastructure such as transmission lines can have a significant impact on landholders and the environment.
“It’s critical that as this new infrastructure is delivered we are actively consulting with and considering the needs of all impacted stakeholders, including traditional owners and farmers.
“Further to our negotiations, the Minister has confirmed that this review will be properly resourced and genuinely consultative, holding roundtables in regional communities, including in Renewable Energy Zones.
“The review will examine benefit sharing with communities from new renewable energy infrastructure and come up with recommendations that should address some of the real and serious concerns that have been raised by landholders, environmentalists and other impacted groups.
“Importantly, the recommendations from the review and the government response will be made public, ensuring transparency that will help build community confidence.”
A discussion paper will be published as part of the review process and public submissions sought. The Government has appointed Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner Mr Andrew Dyer to lead the review.
Further information about the review including the terms of reference is available here.
It is due to report by the end of this year.