The following is a press release from the ALP about today’s announcement about land for a solar power station.
“A future Brumby Labor Government will make available land north of Bendigo for the development of a solar power station.
In Bendigo today with Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan, Premier John Brumby announced a future Labor Government would set aside a 75 hectare state-owned site near Bridgewater in a bid to attract a major job-creating solar energy investment in the region.
Mr Brumby said central Victoria was in a prime position to capitalise on new opportunities in a climate change future.
“Labor will keep the jobs coming to regional and rural Victoria,” Mr Brumby said.
“We want our regional communities to share in the benefits as we move to a cleaner, greener energy future – that means creating new jobs and new investment in renewable energy, like solar.
“In our Climate Change White Paper, Labor committed to the establishment of between five and 10 large-scale solar plants because we want Victoria to be our nation’s solar state.
“Central Victoria is perfectly positioned to produce solar energy and that’s why a future Labor Government will set aside land to make it more attractive for a private investor to choose this region to build a new solar power plant.”
To further encourage private investors to build solar power in central Victoria, a future Labor Government would make available a 75-hectare site at the Coliban Water Treatment Plant for a ‘peppercorn lease’ which has been nominated by the City of Greater Bendigo as suitable for renewable energy.
In its Climate Change White Paper, the Brumby Labor Government committed to increasing Victoria’s electricity supply from large-scale solar power to five per cent by 2020 through Australia’s first feed-in tariff for large-scale solar.
“There are new opportunities – such as those presented by climate change – that I am determined to seize, to keep the jobs coming to Victoria,” Mr Brumby said.
Ms Allan said Labor was the only party committed to tackling climate change.
“Labor wants to ensure regional Victoria is well-positioned to benefit from new jobs and new opportunities arising from our investments in a cleaner, greener energy future and our White Paper will deliver about $10 billion in new investments for Victoria,” Ms Allan said.
“This is in stark contrast to the Liberal/National Coalition who has no real plan to tackle climate change.”
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