Pressure building for Offshore Wind. Can Angus Taylor deliver in 2020?

Pressure is building on the Morrison government to deliver on offshore wind, after Gippsland Nationals MP Darren Chester faced questions on QandA recently and regional climate groups raised the alarm on the climate crisis during the past fortnight.

It raises the question of the whether the Coalition government and Energy Minister Angus Taylor can deliver on offshore wind in 2020?

Appearing on QandA on Tuesday 29th August, Darren Chester MP faced questions from Victorian seafarer Melissa McMullen, who pointed to the opportunity to build the Star of the South offshore wind farm off the coast of Chester’s Gippsland electorate and the ongoing delays to a national offshore clean energy framework. 

Melissa says “seafarers like myself have got the skills to build this project and we want to do it…but several years after the company approached the government we still don’t have legislation to allow it to get built.”

 

If it goes ahead the Star of the South offshore wind farm is predicted to create thousands of jobs during the construction phase and power as many as 1.2 million homes with renewable energy. 

While it was good to see Chester clarify his support for the popular Star of the South offshore proposal, he failed to explain when exactly the government will bring the offshore clean energy legislation to Parliament.

Not long after, grassroots climate groups throughout Gippsland staged 40 Covid-safe actions throughout the region, calling on federal Coalition MPs Darren Chester and Russell Broadbent to #Act4ClimateGippsland and questioning their silence on the issue to date.

Community members call for Darren Chester and Russell Broadbent to #Act4ClimateGippslandImage source: East Gippsland Climate Action Network, Coal & CSG Free Mirboo North