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Dear Premier Andrews
Cc: Hon Lisa Neville, Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water
Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, Minister for Energy and Resources
Congratulations on your election to office. It is clear to me that environmental concern played a part in many people’s decision in the voting booth.
When faced with the known anti-environmental policies of the Coalition, many chose to support pro environmental parties like the ALP and The Greens. This was especially obvious in regional Victoria, where the prospect of new coal and unconventional gas is a real threat, and where the renewable energy industry had been shut down by the Coalition.
I urge you to show leadership on the environment. This will mean your government taking meaningful action to greatly reduce our state’s contribution to global warming and adequately protect our natural environment.
I urge you to start this process by adopting the following measures:
Establish a Victorian Renewable Energy Target (a VRET) to drive investment in wind and solar
Provide direct support to community owned renewable energy projects
Re-write the Coalition’s anti-wind laws (VC82) and re-start renewable energy projects in our state
Re-insert meaningful emission reduction targets into the Victorian Climate Change Act
Rule out any development of an onshore unconventional gas industry in our state
Formally rule out any plans to further develop brown coal resources for export or domestic use, including investing public funds in coal based technology
Starting the orderly phase-out of our oldest and dirtiest power stations starting with Hazelwood, Yallourn and Anglesea
Deliver a program to improve the energy efficiency of Victoria's existing and new building stock including mass retrofit programs and an expanded Victorian Energy Efficiency Target.
Commit to creating the Great Forest National Park. This will have environmental, economic and climate benefits
Victoria could once again become a power house of renewable energy. It could become a world leader on action on climate change. We have the resources to protect our unique environment. If a wealthy state like Victoria can’t sustainably manage our landscapes and resources, what hope does the rest of the world have?
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