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MEDIA RELEASE: Bulgana Green Power Hub demonstrates economic benefits of climate action - Will local Liberal MP support jobs & investment? 

The Bulgana Green Power Hub demonstrates the economic benefits of climate action: Will local Liberal MP support jobs & investment? 
Friends of the Earth welcome the commencement of construction of the Bulgana Green Energy Hub near Stawell and say the project demonstrates the economic benefits of climate change solutions. But will the local Liberal MP Louise Staley support local jobs and investment? 

"Victorian climate change solutions such as the Bulgana Green Power Hub bring jobs and investment to regional communities," said Leigh Ewbank, Friends of the Earth climate spokesperson. 

"The facility will contribute towards Victoria meeting its legislated target of zero net emissions by 2050--something the whole community can be proud of."

The Bulgana Green Energy Hub combines a wind farm with a Tesla battery and greenhouse for agricultural production. 

The project will create an estimated 1,300 jobs, 10 direct ongoing jobs in the renewable energy industry, and ongoing permanent jobs in agricultural production.

Once operational the Bulgana Green Power Hub will power 130,000 homes and reduce carbon emissions by 530,000 tonnes a year.

Friends of the Earth say that with climate change impacts--such as hotter and drier conditions in the region--becoming more apparent, positive solutions to cut emissions is something all political parties can support.   

"With the Federal government failing to act on climate change we need to see greater leadership in Victoria," said Leigh Ewbank. 

"Premier Daniel Andrews can supercharge our efforts to tackle climate change by committing to deliver Victoria's first climate-focused budget."

"A commitment from Matthew Guy to uphold the state's climate change laws is a simple first step the opposition can take on the issue." 

The Liberal Party voted against the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) in 2017 and has pledged to scrap the policy that will create an estimated 10,000 jobs if elected in November. 

"If Matthew Guy and the Liberal party support jobs and investment in the Northern Grampians it would drop its pledge to scrap the Victorian Renewable Energy Target," said Pat Simons. 

"It's never too late to do the right thing." 

"Will local Liberal MP Louise Staley stand up for local jobs by lobbying her party colleagues to support the VRET?," asked Pat Simons, Yes 2 Renewables spokesperson.

Friends of the Earth will contact Louise Staley MP to inquire about what actions she will take to champion local renewable energy jobs within the Liberal party room.

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