Page 2589 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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First of all, local renewable energy jobs have increased by over 400 per cent over the past five years here in the ACT. That is at a time when nationally the number of renewable energy jobs has fallen. Windlab, the Canberra-based wind development company, which is developing the Coonooer Bridge wind farm project and was successful in the last wind auction round, has estimated that its salaries and on-costs for ACT-based staff over the next 20 years will exceed $240 million and jobs growth of 65 positions. That is an extraordinary level of growth for a Canberra-based start-up. But that is the type of economic opportunity that is being realised through the government’s renewable energy objectives.

Neoen, a multinational company committed to developing the 100-megawatt Hornsdale wind farm project which will also be supplying clean energy for the ACT, is investing in Canberra. It is establishing its headquarters for its Asia-Pacific wind development business right here in the ACT. And that is a really important commitment.

Overall from our wind farm developers we have seen $50 million of direct investment, including the funding I mentioned for the CIT Renewable Energy Skills Centre of Excellence, the first of its kind in Australia. There is over a million dollars for the renewable energy innovation fund which will be supporting research and innovation in the renewable energy sector here in the ACT. There is the development of Australia’s first masters course in wind power development at the ANU as well. (Time expired.)

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Madam Speaker presented the following papers:

Assistant Speaker—Warrant of nomination, pursuant to standing order 8—Mr Doszpot (11 to 14 August 2015), dated 11 August 2015.

Estimates 2015-2016—Select Committee—Appropriation Bill 2015-2016 and Appropriation (Office of the Legislative Assembly) Bill 2016-2016 (2 volumes)—Speaker’s response to recommendations 25, 26, 29, 30 and 31, dated 11 August 2015.

Mr Barr presented the following papers:

Public Sector Management Act, pursuant to sections 31A and 79—Copies of executive contracts or instruments—

Short-term contracts:

Jacinta Evans, dated 24 and 28 July 2015.

Leanne Power, dated 27 and 28 July 2015.

Thomas Gordon, dated 28 and 29 July 2015.

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