Uncertain future for ‘green jobs’ on the Northern Rivers
LOCAL environmentalists said the $1.3 billion budget cuts may clip the wings of the Northern Rivers fledgling "green energy" and impact future renewable energy jobs.
Despite lots of mention of jobs and growth, there was no new money for climate initiatives. $1.3 billion in funds would be stripped from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.
Australia's first community-owned energy retailer Enova Energy said it was business as usual despite the cuts to the renewable sector.
CEO Steve Harris said: "We are disappointed that there was no support for the development of renewable energy or other climate change initiatives in the budget given the obvious support it has from the community, but we will continue to develop our new local based company relying on the community support we have received so far and will continue to develop Enova and local renewable energy projects as Australia's first community-owned renewable energy retailer."
Labor's Page candidate Janelle Saffin descibed the budget as "abandoning" the Northern Rivers green energy future.
Greens Page candidate Kudra Falla-Ricketts said she was disappointed by the budget.
"Morrison claims the budget was about "jobs and growth" but completely ignores the renewable energy sector, which is Australia's biggest opportunity for growth and job creation," she said.
"The government has failed to get rid of the fossil fuel subsidies which are currently costing the taxpayer $5.6 billion per year, money that could be going into the public sector rather than helping an outdated industry which is costing our climate."