‘Q&A’-style discussion entertaining and informative
A large turnout for last Thursday’s Politics in the Pub discussion enjoyed a constructive and well- moderated exchange of views on a range of renewable energy technologies.
The potential significance of this rapid-growth area to the region was highlighted in a presentation by Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Dr Mike Kelly, citing approximately $1 billion work of projects currently underway in this electorate.
Dr Kelly showcased two local success stories including the Carnegie Wave project involving underwater bouys harnessing tidal power in the Port of Eden and a waste recycling hydrator system built locally by Pambula Engineering which has already clocked up overseas sales.
Dr Kelly also pointed to the significant knock-on economic benefits to South East NSW of the $700 million Boca Rock Wind Farm near Nimmatabel.
Other members of the discussion panel, Matthew Nott (Clean Energy for Eternity) and Frank Boland (Infigen Energy) spoke of the strong economic arguments for greater adoption of renewable technologies.
Moderator, Jo Thorpe, kept a tight rein on proceedings, in her own words ‘channelling’ popular ABC figure Tony Jones, to maintain a highly informative and engaging debate.
On behalf of IntoIT, the event organisers, Ivan McKay said “The Q&A style format is a real winner for this type of community discussion. Instead of the same tired old politicking, people get to hear a lot more information and a better cross-section of viewpoints.”
“Overall, we are very pleased with community response to this event. Watch out for more Politics in the Pub events in the future.” McKay said.