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    2018 - 07.03

    LABOR Senator Anne Urquhart has called on Braddon MP Brett Whiteley to use his influence at a federal level to prevent a reduction of the Renewable Energy Scheme.
    Nanjing Night Net

    In an open letter to Mr Whiteley, Ms Urquhart urged the member for Braddon to invest some of the $16 million Cadbury funds into the West Coast’s Granville Harbour Wind Farm.

    “The Granville Harbour wind farm has already secured all the necessary approvals and promises a massive boost to West Coast economy when construction ramps up,” Senator Urquhart said.

    “A $300,000 investment could deliver up to 25 jobs within months to start on construction of an access road and preparation for the project.”

    Both politicians have met with representatives for the West Coast wind farm and have made public statements of support.

    Mr Whiteley said the project highlighted the need for the RET issue to be resolved however countered that Labor had “walked away from the negotiation table”.

    Anne Urquhart

    “Bipartisan support is necessary to recalibrate the RET so that it operates more effectively and efficiently to facilitate new investment in renewables,” Mr Whiteley said.

    “It is important that the RET promotes investment in renewables, while not costing jobs in large Tasmanian businesses like Bell Bay Aluminium.”

    Mr Whiteley’s views were echoed by West Coast Mayor Phil Vickers, who said he was confident that the member for Braddon was advocating on the West Coast’s behalf.

    “I think it’s every Tasmanian politician’s responsibility to resolve it [RET],” Mr Vickers said.

    “The sooner the two main parties can agree the sooner we can get on with it.”

    Mr Whiteley did not comment whether any of the $16 million in Cadbury funds would be directed towards the West Coast but said it would be “spent in Tasmania but. . .done responsibly and in a way that promotes jobs and growth”.

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