Australian Prime Minister visits Capital Wind Farm
23 March 2011
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and local member Mike Kelly visited Infigen’s Capital Wind Farm near Bungendore in New South Wales. She was greeted by an Infigen delegation including CEO Miles George and Chairman Mike Hutchinson.
Infigen’s Capital Wind Farm site manager Sturt Daley took Ms Gillard inside the turbine tower and gave her a briefing on the turbine’s composition. Following this, Ms Gillard initiated a turbine shutdown and restart through the computer controls. A number of apprentices were also on site and Ms Gillard discussed with them the job opportunities that the renewable energy industry had provided.
Ms Gillard also met with local land owners who explained to her the importance of the income stream from the wind farm land lease. During the drought period, it provided them with the necessary income to feed their sheep herd. They also expressed the wider benefits to the local community the renewable energy industry has brought.
In her formal address to the media the Prime Minister reiterated her determination to place a price on carbon. She said “The Government is committed to a renewable energy target, that 20% of the energy we use comes from renewable energy sources by 2020, but that renewable energy target was always designed to work with a price on carbon.”
“If we are going to drive this clean energy future, we must price carbon, and here is a practical example of the difference that it can make: a stream of revenue for farmers; clean energy; young people getting the skills that they need for the future,” she said.
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