Solar lobby heads to Canberra
Adelaide Hills Councillor Simon Jones was among a delegation of four South Australians that went to Canberra last week to be part of the first national Big Solar lobby day.
Cr Jones, Boothby representative Simon Hope and Port Augusta residents Kaylene Reynolds and Elizabeth Zyla joined a team of 30 representatives from communities around Australia to deliver the results of the Big Solar Poll.
The poll was completed as part of a national campaign to convince Federal politicians to support solar thermal energy production in Australia.
In particular the lobby group wants the Government to replace the coal fired power station in Port Augusta with a solar thermal option instead of a gas fires station. According to the group, the survey of 12,000 people showed 95% believed Australia should be building large scale solar and 95% supported the new $10b solar energy loan fund.
Representatives met with more than 40 MPs and Senators at Parliament House, including the Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Opposition Leader Tony Abbott and key independent MPs Tony Windsor and Bob Katter