Taking the power back: harnessing environmental conflict to shape renewable energy solutions

By Michelle Voyer
February 10 2024 - 8:00am
Part of the crowd at an anti-wind farm rally at Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong in October last year. Picture by Wesley Lonergan
Part of the crowd at an anti-wind farm rally at Flagstaff Hill in Wollongong in October last year. Picture by Wesley Lonergan

As 2023 rolled to a close the Illawarra watched as a groundswell of opposition to proposed offshore wind farms grew into a national, and increasingly politicised, debate over the roll out of renewable energy in regional communities. On Tuesday busloads of concerned citizens from throughout NSW travelled to Canberra to call for a suspension of all renewable energy projects until a Senate inquiry is conducted into the sector. On the other side of the coin, a series of pro-renewable events were held across the country on Sunday to express support for the transition.

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