Townsville to Benefit as a Local Renewable Energy Zone

Townsville to slash emissions and costs as a local renewable energy zone

NQCC welcomes today's announcement by the Queensland Government that Townsville has been selected as a Local Renewable Energy Zone. Minister for Energy and Clean Energy Jobs Mick de Brenni was in Townsville today to announce an investment of $40 million, helping to reduce emissions and electricity costs for households.

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Gawara Baya Wind Farm Receives EPBC Approval

An artistic impression of the Gawara Baya Wind Farm

Gawara Baya Wind Farm Approval Should Not Set a Precedent

20 June 2024

NQCC responds to the Federal Government’s environmental approval of Windlab’s Gawara Baya Wind Farm (formerly known as the Upper Burdekin Wind Farm) in North Queensland.

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Building Renewables to Benefit Nature and Communities

Sheep graze amongst solar panels

Today the Queensland Conservation Council, alongside nine Queensland regional environmental and conservation groups, have united in support of a well-planned roll out of renewable energy.

The groups have put forward a five-point plan for getting the rollout of renewable energy right, pointing to the positive outcomes that the energy transformation can have for the environment, regional and First Nations communities if delivered well.

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Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap

Images from the QREZ Roadmap document

In late 2023, NQCC made a submission to the Draft Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Roadmap (read it here). On 26 March 2024, the refined Roadmap was released and is available here

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Public Hearing: Energy (Renewable Transformation & Jobs) Bill 2023

Following a submission made in late 2023, NQCC was invited to present to Queensland's Transport and Resources Committee on the Energy (Renewable Transformation and Jobs) Bill 2023. Our Coordinator was one of just four representatives to speak at the Townsville hearing, and the only one providing a conservation perspective. We spoke in support of the Bill, and highlighted potential improvements (read our opening statement here). 

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Prairie Wind Farm

Map location of Prairie Wind Farm (google maps)

Prairie Wind Farm is part of the North Queensland Super Hub, located in the North Queensland Renewable Energy Zone in the Flinders Shire, on Yirendali Country.

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Renewable Energy Landholder Toolkit

Words read: Queensland renewable energy landholders toolkit - a free resource for Queensland landholders considering hosting a renewable energy project on their land

Queensland Farmers’ Federation in partnership with the Queensland Government, has prepared the Queensland Renewable Energy Landholder Toolkit to assist and inform landholders as they respond to and negotiate with energy industry representatives about accessing land and developing renewable energy projects.

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Submission to Upper Burdekin Wind Farm Public Environment Report

Upper Burdekin wind farm impression

In April 2023, NQCC made a submission to the Public Environment Report for Gawara Baya (previously known as the Upper Burdekin Wind Farm). 

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Submission to State Code 23: Wind Farm Development

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Submission to QREZ Roadmap

Queensland Renewable Energy Zones on a map

In September 2023, NQCC made a submission to the Draft Queensland Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap.

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