Friday, July 26, 2024

Queensland councils welcome renewables funding

The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) has welcomed a $1.21 million State Government program to support councils as renewable energy projects roll out across state.

The $1.21 million Local Council Energy Partnership (LCEP) program will see councils and Regional Organisations of Councils (ROCs) connected with planning experts to ensure they can get the best results from renewable energy developments and provide a coordinated approach for local communities.

“Our councils have been loud and clear – Queensland’s renewable energy transformation needs to come as a benefit to local communities, not a detriment,” said LGAQ President, Mark Jamieson.

“This pilot scheme will help put councils front and centre to make sure communities gain the full opportunities offered by the renewables boom in Queensland, rather than being left to pick up the tab for it.

“Funding from the State Government will help give councils resources they need to help make sure renewables developments deliver what their communities want and need.”

Queensland Energy Minister, Mick de Brenni said the funding comes as some councils experience a surge in development applications and the Queensland Energy and Jobs Plan that lays out a target of 80% renewable energy by 2035.

“The Miles Government recognises the critical role of local governments as representatives of grassroots regional communities where the clean energy transition offers huge opportunities for continued prosperity,” Mr de Brenni said.

“We’re committed to putting locals at the forefront of the clean energy transition, ensuring we give them a voice, real choices and deliver real benefits that extend beyond cleaner, cheaper energy.

“By partnering with the Local Government Association of Queensland, we are able to help local councils navigate the development process to bring these projects online in a way that locks in local benefits.

“This is global leading practice and forms one component of the significant suite of measures already underway to ensure local priorities are at the heart of this transition, including our REZ Readiness Planning, Landholder Toolkit and Community Benefits Packages.

“Every renewable energy project presents a new opportunity for local communities to power ahead thanks to cleaner, cheaper power, more jobs in more industries and the additional investment and economic growth these projects bring,” he said.

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