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MEDIA RELEASE - Learn the steps towards Powering Glenelg

16 April 2019

Glenelg Shire Council is showcasing its plans to power the nation’s renewable economy in an upcoming business stakeholders session.

Some of Australia’s leaders in the renewables sector will headline the Powering Glenelg Business Stakeholders session on Wednesday 8 May 2019 at Portland’s Clock by the Bay Restaurant.

Hosted by the shire’s economic development unit, the evening will include presentations on the proposed wind and battery storage development at Kentbruck, Heywood’s hydrogen project and plans for a biomass unit to power council’s buildings.

Chief Executive Officer Greg Burgoyne said council was positioning itself as a renewables leader creating its own unique bioeconomy.

He said the evening was an opportunity to showcase shire-based renewables projects currently in planning stages, and share information about future investment opportunities.

“Our shire possesses a unique combination of economic assets which make for an attractive location for renewable energy investment. It is this strategic advantage which is seeing enquiries from investors from all across Australia and global markets wanting to do business in our shire,” Mr Burgoyne said.

“From wind to solar, biomass, tidal and geothermal; we have a great base to work from further strengthened by our access to the national grid. These vast opportunities for business development will diversify our economy and provide jobs for the future in manufacturing, maintenance and education, research and innovation.

“These latest earmarked projects are only the start of big things to come for our region as our profile grows as a renewable and biomass powerhouse.”

Among the guest speakers is Garth Heron from Neoen which is proposing to build a 900MW wind and battery storage project across 30km of pine plantation at Kentbruck, east of Nelson.

Heywood’s opportunity to become Victoria’s first bulk hydrogen producer will be presented by Countrywide Renewable Energy’s executive director Geoff Drucker, one of the key proponents in the $300 million development.

Furthermore, Peter Burgess, managing director of Rainbow Bee Eater, will share his leading work in biomass technologies, creating circular economies through carbon sequestration.

Mr Burgoyne encouraged business owners to attend and learn more about the exciting work which would have positive outcomes for various local operations.

“There is significant investment forecast and growth opportunities earmarked as we enter this new and exciting green revolution,” he said.

“I strongly urge anyone interested to RSVP because this will be an extremely insightful evening.”

To reserve your place for the Powering Glenelg Business Stakeholders session please email invest@glenelg.vic.gov.au with any dietary requirements by Friday 3 May.


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