Replace Hazelwood-only days to go
Climate Action Moreland and Environment Victoria supporters met with local Federal MP Kelvin Thompson on the 14th June to call on the federal government to deliver a plan to replace Hazelwood, Australia’s dirtiest power station with clean energy. The federal government is currently in negotiations with the owners of Hazelwood and other old polluting power stations to strike a deal to close up to three power stations. The deadline is June 30 to secure an outcome but recent media speculation has suggested the government might back out of this commitment.
Ellen Roberts, Convenor of Climate Action Moreland commented “This is our one chance to make it happen. It will be good for cutting greenhouse pollution, good for new clean energy jobs, and good for the future of our kids.”
Mr Thomson met with the group, and offered his support for replacing the ageing Hazelwood power station with clean energy. “Replacing Hazelwood will cut Victoria’s greenhouse pollution by over 10 per cent, and will also free up 27 billion litres of water each year. We need to replace Hazelwood and start making the shift to the clean energy jobs of the future,” said Mr Thomson.
In recent years Climate Action Moreland has been working tirelessly with Environment Victoria and other community groups seeking a commitment from government to close Hazelwood. This action has involved talking to thousands of people and doorknocking on hundreds of homes in Moreland. The community is very supportive of renewables.
Environment Victoria and Climate Action Moreland are also encouraging others in the Moreland community to show their support for replacing Hazelwood by signing a nation‐wide petition at www.change.org/replacehazelwood and to write to your local MPs urging immediate action on closing Hazelwood.