New Community Engagement Review report

A new report by the Australian Energy Infrastructure Commissioner has been released on the independent Community Engagement Review for renewable energy infrastructure.

ALGA made a submission to the review and organised a workshop for councils to engage with the Commissioner.

The key recommendations, some that align with ALGA’s advocacy, include to:

  • encourage best practice and select reputable developers for new projects
  • reduce unnecessary and onerous community engagement by improving the way project sites are selected
  • make engagement more efficient by revising planning and approval processes
  • improve complaint handling processes
  • keep communities informed about the transition, including its goals, benefits and requirements, and
  • equitably share the benefits of the transition.

The review also recognised current initiatives by all levels of governments to address community expectations.

Read the Review here.