Beyond Zero - Community - Tathra

Monday, 1 April 2019 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm


April 1st 2019

Presenter: Vivien Langford , Producer: Adelle Mills


Dr Matthew Nott- Clean Energy for Eternity

Councillor Jo Dodds- Bega  Valley Council

Professor Andrew Blakers- ANU

Dr John Hewson

Lynn Mc Coll- Chamber of Commerce

VIvien travels a long way  to Tathra in NSW to find out about the Bega Valley 100% renewable energy plan for 2030. Four Corners was also there.

The crowd in the local school voted overwhelmingly for the plan with one dissenter who said bring it on by 2025! 

The story of regional regeneration through renewable energy is thrilling. Andrew Blakers shows us where pumped hydro ponds could be built in the hills around the Bega Valley.

He says Australia is fast becoming a Renewable Energy Superstar. We will have 50% installed  in 5 years and 100% by 2031. John Hewson is appalled at the delay tactics in Canberra and said it was a relief to be here on the cutting edge. We were far away from those contemplating new coal fired power, new coal mines and new gas and it was refreshing.

Lynn Mc Coll from the Chamber of Commerce explains how  bio digesters on dairy farms and tonnes of oyster shells are a carbon rich eco resource. Dr Matthew Nott talks up  the local jobs and how the transition will stimulate commerce. He says he detects a mood for change in regional Australia and rebewables offer economic opportunity. He has the big vision and a way of engaging multitudes. 

Councillor Jo Dodds talks about healing the pain in Tathra after the 2018 bushfire. She famously told then PM M.Turnbull that "this  has everything to do with climate change". 


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