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Community to be Involved in REZ Development

Our region is leading the way in renewables with the development of the New England Renewable Energy Zone, one of only three in New South Wales. A Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) involves the development of new power grid infrastructure to connect multiple energy generators in the same zone. They are effectively the modern-day equivalent of a power station, and combine the generation, transmission, storage and system strength services.

The New England REZ is a key component of the NSW Government’s Energy Infrastructure Roadmap – a co-ordinated plan to deliver the cheap, reliable and modern grid that will power our State into the future and do it in a way that creates jobs, drives investment and supports our regions.

The views of locals will be front and centre in the development of the New England REZ with a new REZ Regional Reference Group launched this week. Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall said the forum would be the key channel to ensure the REZ delivered meaningful long-term benefits for the community and guaranteed renewable energy projects were developed with public support, in the right locations in the region.

“We are bringing representatives from our region’s local councils, Aboriginal Land Councils and the relevant State Government agencies to the table as part of the Regional Reference Group,” Mr Marshall said. “With a predicted $12.7 billion direct investment in our region over the next decade and more than 1,000 new ongoing jobs, this REZ has the potential to underwrite our community’s prosperity for generations to come. I want to make sure we secure every possible economic and employment benefit for our community in a way that supports existing land uses and local landholders. We warmly welcome renewables in our region, but it must not come at the cost of any of our existing industries or amenity.”

The first meeting of the group took place this week and a call for registrations of interest in the New England REZ will be made soon. Further information about the New England REZ and the new Regional Reference Group is available on the NSW Energy website.

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