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Fair Access to Energy – Repower Gladstone Forum 2


As regional Queenslanders, we want to prepare for the future to ensure that we have strong diverse economies, great quality of life and healthy communities. Energy access is a key factor in looking after vulnerable people, building strong regional businesses and creating job opportunities for everyone.
Forum #2 explores the real world effects of electricity prices, with a range of speakers looking at different aspects of the causes of high electricity prices, the impacts, and what we might be able to do about it as a community.

Date: Thursday 19th September
Time: 9am to 2pm
Venue: CWA hall in Oaka Lane, Gladstone
Cost: FREE but you must reserve a ticket as only 50 places are available.

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Uncle Richard Johnson – Welcome to Country and also to speak about high electricity price impacts on the Indigenous community.

Richard Johnson was awarded the prestigious title of Elder of the Year for 2015. As a founding member of a community development organisation focused on youth and health he has played a significant role in establishing the Nhulundu Wooribah Indigenous Health Organisation.

He’s also involved in the Gladstone Indigenous ranger program and other indigenous activist causes.


Tim Buckley – IEEFA – Keynote speaker – Global electricity markets and the Inevitable Technology Driven Transformation Well Underway

Tim Buckley is the Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia at the Institute of Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), Sydney
Tim has 30 years financial markets experience, now providing public interest related financial analysis in the seaborne coal and electricity sectors for IEEFA, studying energy efficiency and renewables across China, Japan and India, and the resulting stranded asset risks in Australia.


Ross Anderson – EcoBiz – Energy audits for small business

Ross Anderson is a champion of change working to improve economic and business outcomes through sustainable practice.  

Ross is an ecoBiz Sustainability Coach for the Wide Bay Region, including Bundaberg and Maryborough. 

CCIQ ecoBiz is a free program, funded by the Queensland Government, that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills.


Stuart Traill – ETU – Public ownership of electricity infrastructure

Stuart can’t be with us in person but we are hoping to have him speak via video conference.
You can check out Stuart’s profile here:


Luke Reade – Community Owned Renewable Energy for Queensland – Energetic Communities Association Inc.

Luke founded Energetic Communities Association to build the Community Owned Renewable Energy sector in Queensland and promote a Just Transition, putting the power back into the communities hands. In his day job, he researches and provides policy research and advice on energy costs and financing, energy markets, consumer impacts and affordability, and climate change adaptation and mitigation as it relates to vulnerable and disadvantaged communities and households.


Dave Kearney – Solar for Renters program – Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy – Queensland State Government

Dave has ten years’ experience delivering energy policy and programs for the Queensland Government, and is the project manager of the solar for rentals trial.

The solar for rentals trial is a first of its kind program in Queensland that aims to help landlords and tenants share the value of installing solar systems. As part of the trial, the Queensland Government is offering around 1000 rebates of up to $3,500 for landlords to install solar systems on their rental properties in the Bundaberg, Gladstone and Townsville local government areas.


Mark McLachlan – Electricity issues for Rural Communities

Mark is a timber and cattle producer with experience in community and industry organisations.

He’s very passionate about getting a fair deal for his community and is working very hard on issues such as the state of the Gladstone – Monto Road, and getting the Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail up and running.

Mark’s Facebook page is here:



Gladstone Conservation Council is not affiliated with any political party and we aim to be a strong independent voice for the local environment.


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