26 Oct 2017
For many months Committee for Ballarat has been bringing people to the table to discuss the opportunities around the significant investment (approx. $8billion) and the provision of 10,000 jobs for the region in the renewable energy sector. A working group was formed between Committee, Federation University Australia, BREAZE, Regional Development Victoria, Central Highlands Partnerships, City of Ballarat, DELWP, Regional Development Australia Grampians, and the Central Highlands Group of Councils to position Ballarat and the Grampians region as the centre of the new energy future.
This positioning is about maximising the investment into our region and laying claim to our leaders and our communities being united around a common vision; and hence we are the first region in Australia to take this proactive stance. Ballarat and the Grampians region is the centre for new energy developments in Victoria and Australia and the group wants to partner and facilitate development of projects within our region.
Victoria's Renewable Energy Advocate, Simon Corbell, launched the document Ballarat and Grampians Region:
The Centre of the New Energy Future (please click here to view it) and congratulated the region and its leaders in being proactive and ambitious. The launch was also about welcoming the energy development sector to our region, introducing them to our business and community leaders and beginning the conversations on the opportunities that exist.
This is a joint initiative of CfB, City of Ballarat, councils of the Central Highlands region, RDV, Grampians RDA, Federation University Australia, DELWP, Sustainability Victoria and BREAZE.
The cornerstone project of the initiative is the Ballarat Renewable Energy Training Centre (BRETC), which aims is to be the centre for skills development and ultimately research for the renewable energy sector. It is an ambitious project, which Bill Mundy from Federation University Australia has been working tirelessly on over many months, that will aim to support the renewable energy sector as it grows alongside the ambitious VRET targets of 25% for 2020 and 40% target for 2025 renewable energy generation. Federation is working hard to be in a position to deliver training in 2018 and with $11 million required to be a state-of-the-art facility, funding is being sought from both government and private investment.
At the launch, a newly released video promoting the potential of renewable energy projects in the region was played to the audience and can be viewed by clicking on the image below.