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.