Clarence Valley residents gathered at South Grafton last week as part of a national call for renewable energy.
Clarence Valley residents gathered at South Grafton last week as part of a national call for renewable energy. Leonie Blain

Power program gets new spark

RENEWABLE energy resources were so abundant in the Clarence Valley the area should never run out of power, according to the Clarence branch of Climate Change Australia.

And switching to renewable energy would boost jobs, the group says.

The group is backing a national campaign calling for 100 per cent renewable energy and met at South Grafton at the weekend to back the call.

Climate Change Australia Clarence Valley branch secretary Janet Cavanaugh said members felt betrayed by a lack of political action on climate change. “We have joined this campaign calling for investment in clean energy initiatives and to show we support 100 per cent renewable energy for Grafton,” she said.

She said community groups from Brisbane to Ballarat, Cairns to Canberra were taking action locally. More than 70 groups have signed on for the campaign so far.

“Support for renewable energy is widespread – in cities and in the country – because it makes sense,” Ms Cavanaugh said.

“Right now Australia faces a choice; we can continue our dependence on fossil fuels, polluting our air and water, damaging our climate and health, or we can make the switch to 100 per cent renewable energy.

“Australia has an extraordinary natural advantage, with plenty of sun, space and wind. We can use these natural resources to create clean, safe power that will never run out.”

The 100 per cent renewable campaign is calling for the Australian government to introduce feed-in tariffs to support renewable technologies, from small-scale rooftop installations to industrial-scale renewable energy projects.



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