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Australian Greens leader connecting with farming communities on sustainable energy

Greens leader kicks off regional tour, Kallee Buchanan ABC News April 18, 2012   The new Greens Leader says she is starting her regional tour in the central west because it offers a diverse range of views on renewable energy and agricultural issues. Christine Milne is touring rural areas to try and improve the party’s relationship with farmers.

Her first stop will be Orange, where she will meet orchardists, graziers and environmental groups……. Ms Milne says she will use her visit to Orange to encourage farmers to support renewable energy projects. Senator Milne says opposition to renewables like wind power often comes from regional communities putting up with the impacts, without getting the benefits.

“I’m keen to talk to local government about pre-planning in terms of renewable energy facilities and making sure that farmers can actually get a financial benefit and if you actually involve the community in achieving a financial benefit you find that there is a lot more openness of course because people weigh up what level of income they can get.”

April 19, 2012 - Posted by | General News

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