Gippsland carbon transitioning Mary Aldred

Gippsland Carbon Transitioning Mary Aldred will present at the Regional Development Conference 3-4 November, Canberra

Gippsland Carbon Transitioning Mary Aldred will present at the Regional Development Conference 5-6 September, Canberra

Gippsland carbon transitioning – We are pleased to announce Ms Mary Aldred, Chief Executive Officer, Committee for Gippsland as a Speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress to be held in Canberra on the 5 – 6 September 2016.

Mary Aldred will present on Our Region Our Future: A Gippsland driven approach to carbon transitioning in the Latrobe Valley;.

The Latrobe Valley energy sector is facing change and upheaval with the impending closure of at least one power station in the near future. This is despite Latrobe Valley electricity generators being among the most reliable and cheapest base load electricity sources in Australia.

Ageing infrastructure and a national focus on the need to reduce carbon emissions will be the driving factors for this closure, as much as any financial imperative.

Beyond electricity generation, there remains (at current usage rates) around 500 years of brown coal resource that can be developed using smarter, more efficient, low emission processes.

Right now, there are thousands of Gippslanders who rely on Latrobe Valley power stations for their living and livelihoods. Exploring these challenges and finding practical, fact-based and long-term solutions that will build a strong economic future for the region is the reason for this report.

More broadly, there are tens of thousands of Victorians who rely on low cost, reliable electricity for their livelihoods in manufacturing and industry.

Gippsland Carbon transitioning about Mary Aldred

Mary Aldred commenced as the CEO of the Committee for Gippsland in 2011.

Having worked in business, industry and government, Mary’s career in the energy sector included a position as Corporate and Regulatory Manager for an energy efficiency business, in a policy role for the retail arm of International Power, and at the Energy Supply Association.

Mary has also worked in government including for a United States Senator in Washington, DC.

Mary has a BA (Hons) from Monash University, and a Master of Agribusiness from the University of Melbourne. She is currently studying for an MBA at Federation University.

Gippsland Carbon transitioning will be one of many topics to be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress being held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.

With over 60 speakers and 7 confirmed keynote speakers, it is the regional conference to attend. To view the 2016 Conference Program CLICK HERE.

Creating Energy Hubs – Environment and Sustainable regional development

Creating energy hubs for environment and sustainable economic development is the focus of a new report on Latrobe Valley ‘s economic future

A long-awaited report on the Latrobe Valley’s economic future says the entire Gippsland economy will suffer without major investment in rail.

La Trobe Valley Map

La Trobe Valley Map

The RMIT report was released on Friday and says there needs to be greater accountability for who is responsible for revitalising the Latrobe Valley’s economy.

One of the reports authors, professor Peter Fairbrother, says a way to do that is to establish a regional economic development commission.

He says current governance is too ad hoc and fragmented and a commission could could for and ensure better planning of Gippsland’s rail and energy needs.

“There should be a concerted effort to develop Gippsland as an energy hub, looking at coal, looking at renewable [energy], looking at the biomass-type facilities that can also produce energy but can also use waste, we’re arguing, and we’re arguing in the report for an integrated approach to that”

Full story click here ABC News Posted Fri 2 Aug 2013, 11:59am AEST

The creation of energy hubs, renewable energy and bio-mass hubs  will be discussed at the upcoming Australian Regional Development Conference 2014.

Call for papers on environmental and sustainability issues

Authors or organisations interested in submitting a paper or presenting a workshop are invited to submit an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the aims, contents and conclusions of their paper or presentation; or about their intended role in a workshop.

Please indicate that your submission will be in Environment and Sustainability stream  

All proposals will be reviewed by the Conference Program Committee. Presentations will be selected to provide a program that offers a comprehensive and diverse treatment of issues related to the conference theme.

If you you would like to speak at the The Australian Regional Development Conference please go to the conference website to submit your paper or contact the conference secretariat. 

Australian Regional Development Conference 15-16 October 2014, The Commercial Club Albury
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