A very successful Renewable Energy Forum was held at BPACC with over 90 people attending. The forum was facilitated by Cath Botta from The Regional Development Company Wangaratta.
BSFG President John Lloyd introduced the forum then called upon Steph Ryan, Deputy Leader of the Nationals and Member of the Legislative Assembly seat of Euroa to officially open the forum.
The forum then heard from the invited guest speakers,
Taryn Lane - Embark and advisor to Coalition for Community Energy
Mathew Charles-Jones - Totally Renewable Yackandandah and
Gavin Ashley - Moreland Energy Foundation.
John Lloyd and each of the speakers presentations can be viewed and downloaded by clicking on their linked names above.
A number of times presenters pointed out that the transition to a renewable energy future will be assisted by using less energy, by increasing energy efficiency, then by evaluating renewable energy generation capabilities in the region.
Cath Botta then asked the forum to break into small groups to consider and discuss a number of questions and to write down key ideas coming out of this. Each group then gave a brief report on their ideas.
John Lloyd concluded the forum with the Next Steps in the Benalla Renewable Energy Project.
Establish A Community Working Party
Community members needed to form a working party to move this project forward.
Beneficial to have a range of backgrounds including some business/commercial.
Working party to keep community informed of progress.
Complete A Funding Application
Benalla Sustainable Future Group with council support to apply for funding from New Energy Jobs Fund – early 2017. Community input important.
Funding would be to conduct a feasibility study of renewable energy options for Benalla and to develop a Future Energy Plan for Benalla.
John Lloyd thanked those involved in assisting with the forum, in particular the support from Benalla Rural City Council and Larissa Montgomery, Council's Environmental Sustainability Coordinator.