Western Victorian group plans for low carbon economy

The Victorian Government will provide $500,000 to the Grampians New Energy Taskforce (GNeT) to develop a roadmap to transition the region to a low-carbon economy by 2050.

GNeT is made up of local government representatives, regional partnership members, industry and community groups, and will investigate new economic and investment opportunities as part of the roadmap.

The government will also provide $50,000 to Federation University TAFE Australia to develop a business case for an Asia Pacific Renewable Energy Training Centre in Ballarat.

The proposed training centre would produce an industry-recognised skilled workforce to construct, install and maintain renewable energy infrastructure.

The Grampians region has emerged as Victoria’s engine room of renewable energy generation and associated economic growth.

Almost $3 billion-worth of wind farm developments are currently under construction in the Grampians region.

Meanwhile, speaking on ABC Radio Melbourne, Opposition leader Matthew Guy stated that a Coalition government would axe the Victorian Renewable Energy Target if elected in November.

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