TATHRA- CLEAN ENERGY FOR ETERNITY
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".
Members of Beyond Zero Emissions