Labor promises $14m renewable energy hub boost


By Matthew Kelly

Originally published: Newcastle Herald online, 17 October 2014, 10.00pm.

FOURTEEN million dollars would be  invested in creating a renewable energy hub in the Hunter under a Labor state government.

The party announced on Friday that it would invest $10million over five years in the University of Newcastle’s Institute for Energy and Resources. About $2million would be spent establishing a Hunter clean technology innovation taskforce.


Hunter TAFE would receive $2million over four years to build clean technology training capacity.

‘‘With a growing population of nearly 1 million people, the region is perfectly placed to build new industries and become a national hub of the clean technology industry,’’ shadow environment and climate change spokesman Luke Foley said.

‘‘The Hunter region has all the ingredients to be a national hub of renewable energy – world-class educational institutions, a highly skilled manufacturing sector and long experience in commercialising innovation.’’

The Hunter Clean Technology Innovation Taskforce would bring together private enterprise and knowledge providers to boost innovation and develop clean technology jobs.

‘‘This is precisely the forward-looking agenda we need with more than 15000 jobs leaving the Hunter over the past year,’’ Labor candidate for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp said.

Originally published as: Labor promises $14m renewable energy hub boost