Victoria stands at a crossroads. Will our energy future be defined by more business-as-usual: fossil fuels, pollution, the threat of fracking and climate change? Or will we transition to clean renewable energy sources such as rooftop solar, community-owned renewable projects and wind farms?
On November 16, BEAM-Mitchell Environment Group and Yes 2 Renewables present the Energy Futures Forum to explore these very questions. The event provides a way for the Mitchell Shire community to engage in the issues surrounding energy generation in Victoria.The Energy Futures Forum will feature guest speakers from around Victoria:
- Trent Hawkins – Lead author of the Beyond Zero Emissions Buildings Plan, Trent will look at how householders can reduce electricity consumption and save money on power bills while reducing climate change impacts.
- Chloe Aldenhoven – Lock the Gate organiser Chloe Aldenhoven is working with communities in Gippsland and the Surf Coast who are fighting off the threat of fracking and unconventional gas extraction. Chloe will outline the environmental impacts this form of fossil fuel has had on farmers in Queensland and New South Wales. These are the impacts which have Victorian farming communities worried.
- Gwenda Allgood – Long-serving councillor for Ararat Regional City, Gwenda Allgood will speak about her community’s experience with a wind farm. The Ararat community is close to the Challicum Hills wind farm which has been operating for ten years.
- David Robinson – One of Melbourne’s community solar leaders, David Robinson of L.I.V.E. will outline his community’s plans for a solar system atop the South Melbourne Market and look at potential sites for similar projects in the Seymour region.
- More to be announced.
- Saturday November 16, 2:00-5:00pm
- VRI Hall, Seymour, Central Victoria – The Victorian Railways Institute Hall is next to Seymour Station, on the bus terminal side.