Australian news, and some related international items

Formation of First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance
“Members from First Nations across the continent                           successfully participated in the Coalition for Community Energy  held in Melbourne Town Hall on 27 – 28 February 2017 

This Alliance initiative is directed at ensuring remote and isolated communities are sufficiently catered for in respect to their energy needs …

Grassroots energy enterprises, which numbered more than 80 people nation-wide formed an alliance to harness the power of communities to increase local energy security, bolster regional development partnerships, enhance community cohesion, reduce carbon emissions and
work towards a just energy transition. … ”

First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convenor of the Sovereign Union, last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and  Head of State of the Euahlayi Peoples Republic said from Melbourne:
““Members from First Nations across the continent successfully participated in the Coalition for Community Energy held in Melbourne Town Hall on 27 – 28 February 2017 …

““This Alliance initiative is directed at ensuring remote and isolated communities are sufficiently catered for in respect to their energy needs. The current Australian corrupt system of energy delivery is controlled at the top level by government officials and politicians, who gain a lot of private funding for their political campaigns, in other words:

‘You scratch our backs and we’ll scratch yours.’ The level of corruption in Australian politics is so entrenched that the equity in engagement in respect of sustainable energy strategies  is not possible under the current regime.

“We will direct our energies now and in the future to ensure that this corruption does not continue
and thereby give direction to secure certainly for those who seek to partner with us  to provide for the development of sustainable communities.” … ”

The Text of the
First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance media release  

“Formation of First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance, a pioneer moment at Community Energy Congress

“Over 25 First Nations delegates from around Australia attended the Community Energy Congress
in Melbourne on the 27th and 28th of February, and
an outcome of forming an inaugural First Nations Renewable Energy Alliance was achieved.

“The First Nations delegates who attended were very excited to gain information
about the rise of renewable energy sources in Australia and
how First Nations and their People’s can spearhead projects in this
new and exciting era of energy generation.

“Members of the following Nations that were present; 
Euahlayi Nation Goodooga NSW, 
Ngalia Nation 
Leonora WA, 
Mbarbarum & Njadon Nations 
Cairns QLD, 
Nyemba Nation 
Brewarrina NSW, 
Wongathar Nation 
Kalgoorlie WA, 
Dadaway Nation 
Kimberley WA, 
Yanyuwa & Garrawa 
Boorooloola NT, 
Murriwarri Nation 
Weilmoringle NSW, 
Noognar Nation 
Perth WA, 
Tjapawrung, Brabrooloong & Krauatungulung Clans 

“The Alliance established a Steering Committee of seven First Nations members
to progress actions and relationships with experts and other community energy organisations
throughout Australia and across the world. ..


March 6, 2017 - Posted by | aboriginal issues, AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, energy

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  1. The Editor
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    Opponents to the proposed Palmer wind-farm claim that it will spoil the landscape and cause significant damage to the land.

    The landscape was probably very different before pastoralists such as the McLachlan family came to the area less than 200 years ago. It’s likely that for tens of thousands of years the hills would have been covered with native vegetation and would have been home to many native birds and animals. The present landscape is starkly different and, from the point of view of many people, severely degraded.

    Ironically, if these hills hadn’t been cleared of trees then they would have been less suitable for a wind farm.

    All forms of electricity generation are intrusive and have unpleasant side-effects. Often these negative effects impact inequitably, such as on those in close proximity to a coal fired power station, or those living near factories making the steel and concrete for the infrastructure.

    So long as we demand more and more electricity then we will have to put up with unsightly infrastructure, including electricity generators and transmission towers.

    Dennis Matthews

    Comment by Dennis Matthews | March 7, 2017 | Reply

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