Councils Call for Support of National Energy Guarantee

Councils across Tasmania who stand to benefit from the Battery to the Nation initiative have welcomed the acceptance of the National Energy Guarantee by the Coalition party room.

The Mayors from Circular Head, Burnie City, Kentish, West Coast, Central Highlands and Northern Midlands Councils said they were excited about the opportunities presented by the National Energy Guarantee.

Mayor Daryl Quilliam from Circular Head Council said he was “very pleased that after years of uncertainty around energy policy, there might soon be a national policy to support the investment required to meet the needs of the country.”

Mayor Phil Vickers from West Coast Council said that “the National Energy Guarantee legislation could unlock billions of dollars of investment in renewable energy across regional Tasmania.

“The aim of the NEG is to provide cleaner, cheaper and more reliable energy to the nation. Regional Tasmania is well placed to provide this.”

Mayor Don Thwaites from Kentish Council said “It is estimated that the combination of pumped hydro, wind energy and a second Bass Strait interconnector will mean public and private investment of at least $5 billion, and the creation of 3,000 jobs. This is the opportunity of the century for our regional areas.”

The Mayors also called on all Tasmanian senators and members of the House of Representatives to support the NEG legislation as it goes through Federal Parliament.

Mayor Loueen Triffitt from Central Highlands Council said “this is a tremendous opportunity for the regional areas in Tasmania, and it is time for our federal members to put the interests of the state before internal and partisan politics.”

Mayor Alvwyn Boyd from Burnie City Council urged “all senators and members to vote in favour of the NEG legislation.

“We cannot afford for this opportunity with so many benefits for our regions to be missed, due to short term political opportunism.”

Mayor David Downie from Northern Midlands Council said that “the NEG was a chance for Federal Parliament to support true regional development.

“Rather than the cash splashes we see at every election, the NEG will support long lasting and significant public and private investment in our regions.”

For further information please contact

Fiona Loughran
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728