Minister leads forum

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Albany MLA Peter Watson

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Albany MLA Peter Watson shared the stage for a community forum at the Albany Entertainment Centre recently.

The GSDC recently hosted a ‘Meet the Minister’ forum at the Albany Entertainment Centre’s Kalyenup Studio, where a capacity crowd of 180 attendees had the opportunity to direct questions to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Albany MLA Peter Watson.

Representatives of business and community organisations came from across the region, including from Nyabing, Jerramungup and Kojonup. Ms MacTiernan addressed audience questions including the impact of the tomato-potato psyllid on the region’s potato growers as well as plans for a Wave Energy Centre of Excellence at Albany.

Earlier in the day, the GSDC hosted a meeting where Ms MacTiernan met with University of Western Australia representatives and renewable energy industry stakeholders to discuss options for the Wave Energy Centre of Excellence.

The State Government has committed $19.5 million to developing the centre and investing in Albany’s future as a renewable energy city.

Bringing together universities and industry is intended to secure Albany's place as a global hub for renewable energy and put Western Australia at the leading edge of wave energy technology.

GSDC Chair Ross Thornton welcomed the initiative and said Albany was well suited to further develop renewable energy.

“Albany is perfectly situated for a strong focus on wave energy,” Mr Thornton said.

“With significant wind power already being generated at Sandpatch and other major wind power projects in the region, we look forward to the Great Southern becoming an energy exporter to the rest of the grid.”

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