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Western Downs Regional Council joins TSBE National Energy Summit

11 July 2017

Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Smith will join the Energy Summit's Local Government Panel alongside Paroo Shire Council Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, and South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Smith will join the Energy Summit’s Local Government Panel alongside Paroo Shire Council Mayor Lindsay Godfrey, and South Burnett Regional Council Mayor Keith Campbell.

Western Downs Regional Council will join Local, State and Federal representatives at a National Energy Summit being held in Toowoomba on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 July, that seeks to find a balance in the energy mix across sustainability, reliability and affordability.

  • The National Energy Summit, hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise, will address issues in relation to policy development and chart a roadmap for a sustainable energy future for Australia;
  • The Summit will host local, state and federal politicians including Minister for Resources and Northern Australia; Queensland Senator Matthew Canavan and Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Hon Mark Bailey;
  • As well as representatives from AGL Energy, Hatch, New Hope Group, Australia Pacific LNG, the Department of Energy and Water Supply and icubed Consulting.

Deputy Mayor Councillor Andrew Smith said the Western Downs is ticking all the boxes when it comes to energy generation, giving no doubt as to why the region is the Energy Capital of Queensland™.

“Not only is the Western Downs riding the wave of renewable energies, we’re leading the way when it comes to development opportunities and value-adding to what the resource industries are currently doing in the region,” he said.

“With solar and wind on the way, we’re seeing the diversification of energy right on our doorstep with renewables being able to connect to the electricity grid thanks to the legacy of the CSG power infrastructure.

“We’ve got coal, gas, ethanol, solar and wind. This mix of energies along with our streamlined development application processes and quick turnarounds means the Western Downs is open for business.

“With our region at the forefront of diversified energy production, Council has an important role to play in establishing a sustainable energy future in Australia, and we look forward to taking our seat at the table at TSBE’s inaugural National Energy Summit.”

TSBE Executive Chairman Shane Charles said the Summit is also a chance to highlight the work that’s being done in the Western Downs and Surat Basin, and to show how these regions can be an example for the rest of Australia.

“The energy debate is currently raging across the east-coast of Australia and anyone interested in energy policy should attend, as we hear from both the political and industry experts on what they believe the solutions are,” he said.

Mr Charles said the event is hosting attendees across a range of industries, especially large-scale businesses and producers where electricity prices are a significant operational concern.

To find out more about the Summit, visit TSBE’s website.

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Media Contact:
Cr Andrew Smith | Deputy Mayor, Western Downs Regional Council | 0438 755 896