#Bellingen Shire & #Coffs Coast are surrounded by potential renewable pumped hydro resources

This week, the Austrian National University in Canberra released details on 22,000 sites it had identified in Australia as suitable for pumped hydro.

The Coffs Coast and Bellingen Shire are surrounded by many sites. Following is an overview of the research, background on the technology and graphics.

What does it tell us? It tells us that 100 percent clean renewable energy is in reach within a generation. It also tells us that that the obsession of Malcolm Turnbull, Barnaby Joyce, their parties and the government is nothing more than that crazy, lazy and short-termism at its worst.

Labor is a supporter of pumped hydro:

The future of building electricity in this country will be a mix between renewable energy, gas-fired generation, and the very exciting technology around battery storage and pumped hydro storage that’s coming on board very soon,” Mark Butler, Shadow Minister for Climate Change. (Source: ABC)


22,000 sites for pumped hydro energy storage

Researchers at The Australian National University (ANU) have identified about 22,000 potential sites across Australia for pumped hydro energy storage, which can be used to support a secure and cheap national electricity grid with 100 per cent renewable energy.The zero-emissions grid would mainly rely on wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, with support from pumped hydro storage, and would eliminate Australia’s need for coal and gas-fired power.Lead researcher Professor Andrew Blakers said the short-term off-river pumped hydro energy storage (STORES) sites combined had a potential storage capacity of 67,000 Gigawatt-hours (GWh) – much more than the capacity required for a zero-emissions grid.Site searching and development of a PHES cost model are being explored as part of an ARENA funded project.



Info graphic (Source: ARENA)


Here’s the truth about power prices – the more renewables, the lower the increase.

Today (21 September 2017), Luke retweeted this from ScoMo….

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Have you been paying too much for your power? Well, umm, yes! Why would that be? Because Abbott, Turnbull and Joyce have stymied renewables!

What a howler. He should be saying the best way to save money on your energy bill is to support the party that supports renewables and that’s a Labor government.

Here’s what the Clean Energy Council has to say. Fact: The states with the largest increase in renewables have had the lowest increase in electricity prices.


Labor supports clean renewable energy.

If you want lower power prices – Vote Labor.

You can read about Labor’s clean renewable energy plan at Labor’s web site.

One more thing….

Farmers support renewable energy.



Top-Hat Turnbull’s excursion to Coffs and Kempsey on Monday 18 September 2017

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Statement for media

So, Malcolm leaves Sydney for the day to come to Coffs & Kempsey just to inspect things? He’s run out of ideas.

“What an insult to the people of Cowper that the Prime Minister comes to area just to inspect things and announces nothing new.

“Nothing about jobs, nothing about better services, nothing about helping older Australians, nothing about infrastructure, nothing about better schools and nothing about better broadband – nothing.

“Yes, upgrades to facilities and safer roads are welcome and long overdue.

“But today’s visit proves that the Turnbull Government has run out of ideas for the North Coast and that the local member, Luke Hartsuyker, has run out of puff.

“It is a sad indictment on the standing of Luke Hartsuyker and the impact of the National Party that the Prime Minister comes to town and leaves nothing behind.

“The people of Cowper deserve better from the local member and the federal government.

“And yes, what Malcolm Turnbull, Luke Hartsuyker & Melinda Pavey MP opened today was funded by Anthony Albanese and the Julia Gillard Labor Government.”

Andrew Woodward

Member, Australian Labor Party (NSW)

President, Bellinger River Branch (Bellingen Shire), Australian Labor Party (NSW)





Supporting local conservation efforts

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Please consider supporting local conservation efforts by emailing the Minister for the Environment at her Vaucluse Electorate office.



Suggested message

Please save the Blinky Bills at Gladstone State Forest from industrial logging and please save the remaining unprotected Rufous Scrub bird habitat from industrial logging by including it in the Baalijin Nature Reserve.




August 2017 Branch Meeting – Resolutions Report

170508 Branch meeting resolutions report

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The following motion was passed by attendees at the August 2017 meeting of Bellinger River Labor Branch.

The Bellinger River Branch:

  1. Urges all voters in Bellingen Shire to vote in support of changing the Marriage Act to deliver marriage equality for Australian citizens, its residents and visitors.
  1. Undertakes to support the change case by providing appropriate support to the campaign in Bellingen Shire where possible.
  1. Respects the position of members who choose not support this motion and or engage in activities campaigning for change.

Information on the proposed Marriage Equality Bill.



Our sub on Bongil Bongil National Park Draft Plan of Mgmt #cowper #oxley #coffs #bellingen

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14 August 2017

The Planner
Bongil Bongil National Park draft PoM
Office of Environment and Heritage
PO Box 1236
Coffs Harbour NSW 2450
By Email: npws.parkplanning@environment.nsw.gov.au

Bongil Bongil National Park draft plan of management
On behalf of the Bellinger River Branch of the Australian Labor Party, I am writing in relation to the “Draft Plan of Management for the Bongil Bongil National Park”.

On the face of it, the strategy and document appears well thought through and well put together, ensuring there’s an understood plan for the management of this important ecological site on the Coffs Coast.

That said, we take nothing for granted, particularly under a Liberal and National Party Coalition State Government and the instruction it may issue to the Office of Environment and Heritage, which, based on previous experience, doesn’t support conservation values.

The Branch has discussed the matter and would like assurances on the following, which it believes are essential for the long term success and management of the park:

  • Provision for future inclusion of the park in the Great Koala National Park policy of NSW Labor.
  • Additional protection for koalas and other endangered flora and fauna species from natural and human made hazards.
  • Conservation and restoration of indigenous heritage and access to such sites.
  • No sale of land and or the granting of land to other community groups.
  • No expansion of recreational four wheel drive activity.
  • No recreational hunting.
  • Initiatives to deal with climate change induced rising sea and river levels.
  • The need for additional resources from the National Parks and Wildlife Service to implement the plan.

Thank you again for the preparation of this important document to help ensure the future of this critical ecological site.