Shadow Minister visits the Co-op’s solar/battery installation at the State Coal Mine Wonthaggi.

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Federal Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy  Mark Butler spoke to a large crowd after visiting the Energy Innovation Co-op’s solar and battery array at the State Coal Mine last Wednesday.

He congratulated the Energy Innovation Co-op and its partnering groups on their work locally, and said it was clear that households, businesses, community groups and other organisations were going ahead with positive actions to address climate change and its consequences.

“But government policy matters, and the current Federal government has failed. We are facing the now urgent threat of a climate emergency”. He said.

The Co-op along with its many partnering organisations, submitted a Prospectus to the Shadow Minister at the meeting, outlining its current and planned local activities, and requested funding support as one of the “Community Power Hubs” which Federal Labor is planning to support across the country.

“We are heartened to hear from the Federal Labor Party that they will be taking strong climate change and energy policies to the election. And we are particularly pleased with the Neighbourhood Renewables program which is designed to strengthen community initiatives such as ours.” Co-op Chair Moragh Mackay said.

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