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Statement on the Illawarra Offshore Wind Zone

The following statement is attributable to Clean Energy Council Chief Executive, Kane Thornton:

“We are certain that the Illawarra community would prefer wind turbines that are 20 kilometres offshore, as opposed to a nuclear reactor on their doorstep.

“It is disappointing that the Coalition has chosen to oppose sensible policy developments such as offshore wind and instead focus on stoking division in regional communities.

“This will undermine investor confidence in infrastructure projects right across Australia.

“The success of Australia’s clean energy transition and that of communities such as the Illawarra depends on unleashing the immense opportunities and benefits of offshore wind.

“Our industry will continue to work closely with the Government to listen, understand and address genuine local concerns about new projects in good faith, with the goal of empowering these communities as the engine room powering Australia’s future.”


For more information or to arrange an interview, contact:

Liam Straughan
Clean Energy Council Media Officer
[email protected]
+61 409 470 683