[ASC-media] Conference: 'Renewable Energy and Regional Australia', Bendigo Victoria Sept 17-18

Marina Hurley marinahurley at gmail.com
Mon Jul 2 02:52:27 CEST 2007

*Conference to outline a big future for renewable energy in regional areas*

*Bendigo, Sept 17-18*

Renewable energy will underpin sustainability in regional Australia in the
future, according to a La Trobe University regional development specialist.

Professor John Martin, who heads La Trobe University's Centre for
Sustainable Regional Communities, says the rising price of coal-generated
electricity and petrol will drive regional communities to look towards
solar, wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources in the future.

Prof Martin was speaking ahead of a conference, Renewable Energy and
Regional Australia: Creating Local Economic Development Opportunities, to be
held in Bendigo in September.

The conference will examine what's viable in solar, wind, wave, timber,
biomass, gasification and hydrogen fuel cell energy production for regions
and the business opportunities emerging to service these developments.

The conference is the brainchild of the City of Greater Bendigo and La Trobe

Prof Martin said businesses were already emerging in country areas to supply
renewable energy at a regional level. "We have the solar tower at Mildura,
wind farms, biofuel plants such as the one at Barnawartha now in
construction and feeder businesses such as wind turbine and renewable energy
regulator manufacturers and others emerging," Prof Martin said.

"This conference is all about showing how companies and communities are
doing this and carving a future that will help sustain them in terms of
energy and income. This is a great opportunity for business developers,
planners and regional leaders to see and hear about the opportunities
challenges and scenario ahead including how renewable energy will be
created, distributed and regulated."

Speakers include a central Victorian man who has invented a regulator for
hybrid solar and wind power generating systems and who is now building a
plant to make them, a company that's building a factory to create biofuel
out of tallow to another that's creating large scale solar systems big
enough to power entire towns. The conference is in Bendigo on Sept 17-18.
For details and to register, check
phone (03) 5434 6001.

*Media contacts **: Professor John Martin, Director, Centre for Sustainable
Regional Communities, La Trobe University, Bendigo (03) 5444 7804; Cr Keith
Reynard, City of Greater Bendigo, 0428 581 198; Genevieve Barlow, conference
publicity/media 0427 762633*

Dr Marina Hurley
Lecturer & Consultant
Writing Clear Science
P.O. Box 2373
Richmond South
Victoria 3121
Tel/Fax 03-94213472
marinahurley at gmail.com
info at writingclearscience.com.au
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