Conference embraces regenerative energy

August 3, 2008

Over 90 people from around the region recently attended a Regenerative Energy for rural Communities conference at the Roxy Theatre.  The conference, a joint initiative of the Bingara and District Vision 20/20 and Gwydir Shire Council, explored a range of energy sources.

The panel of experts from left, Joe Wyder, from the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, Paul Watson, Country Energy, Cr. Barry Thompson, Willoughby City Council, Professor Stuart White, Institute of Sustainable Futures, Nigel Morris BP Solar Australia, Tim Cotter, Ausindustry, Wes Stein, National Solar Energy Centre, and Darren Keegan, NSW State and Regional Development, and MC, Bingara and District Vision 2020 Secretary, Rick Hutton.

Summing up on the final morning, Community Economic Development Manager from the Department of State and Regional Development, Pieter Verasdonck, said the future of energy “should not put all eggs in one basket. Coal and oil should be used wisely,” Mr. Verasdonck said.  He went on to say there is even a place for nuclear energy.

A full report of Mr Verasdonck’s and other panel members’ speeches will be reported on at a later date.