Community Energy: We are pleased to announce Dr Kate Auty, Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment as a session speaker at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016.
Dr Kate Auty will be speaking on ‘Community Energy’ in the Regional environmental sustainability stream.
There is a growing movement across regional areas to promote a discussion about and also install community energy projects. We have just seen leadership in the ACT with the Territory government committing to a target of 100% renewable by 2020, moving the target date forward.
The Victorian experience in relation to community energy is informative.
Daylesford began the conversation about two community owned wind turbines, engaged in a massive amount of community discussion, forged a new way of funding the proposal, built constructive relationships with government, and then built the turbines. That community owns its turbines and produces its own energy.
Newstead in central Victoria has been forging ahead with a conversation about becoming 100% renewable.
Yackandandah and Seymour and Euroa are all working on ways to promote the turn to renewable energy and Dr Kate Auty explores the elements of a successful campaign.
Dr Kate Auty is the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment. Her qualifications include law, history and environmental science. She holds a PhD in law and legal studies and continues as a barrister. Kate has held appointments as a magistrate and coroner (Victoria and Western Australia). She has also held appointments as a WA mining warden and industrial magistrate. Kate was instrumental in establishing Aboriginal sentencing courts in both Victoria and Western Australia.
Subsequent to those appointments she was the Victorian Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability from 2009-2014 and she continues as a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow with University of Melbourne through to 2017. Current boards and advisory roles include the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (Chair), AURIN and MDBA ACSEES (member). Kate is presently a City of Melbourne Ambassador in the development of the Future Melbourne Plan 2026 with a portfolio responsibility in climate change.
In accepting the ACT Commissioner role Kate relinquished advisory roles with La Trobe University in sustainable society, water and agriculture research, and she also stepped down as the chair of the advisory board to NeCTAR.
Community Energy will be discussed at The 3rd Australian Regional Development Conference; Participation and Progress will be held in Canberra on 5 – 6 September 2016 to register for the conference CLICK HERE.