Life after Hazelwood

Free Public Lecture

Life after Hazelwood

The Australian-German Climate and Energy College in collaboration with the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute (MSSI) is hosting a public seminar themed around the closure of the Hazelwood power station: Life after Hazelwood.

The closure of the Hazelwood power station is scheduled for 31 March 2017. It has delivered cheap electricity to the National Electricity Market (NEM) for decades but contributed substantially to Australia’s emissions. The community of Morwell and the surrounding LaTrobe Valley has relied on the existence of Hazelwood. It has provided jobs and contributed to the economy for decades.

While the closure of Hazelwood is inevitable, the transition needs to be fair for all involved. What can we learn from the closure of Hazelwood that would apply to future decarbonisation efforts of the energy sector? What are the possibilities and barriers in relation to the mine remediation? Are there options to reuse the mine pit in any way? What does the community want? How can a transition be just for all involved?

The public lecture to explore these questions will be hosted by Dr. Sara Bice from the University of Melbourne School of Government. The lecture will focus on the feasibility of mine remediation and the wishes and concerns that are voiced by the community and the workforce.

Dr. Gavin Mudd, Associate Professor Chemical and Environmental Engineering, RMIT
Ben Davison, Chief of Staff at the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)
Marianne Robinson, a member of the Voices of the Valley.

The panel discussion and Q&A will be supported by Bronya Lipski and Dan Musil. Bronya works for Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) and Dan is Secretary of the Earthworker Cooperative. Dan is Secretary of the Earthworker Cooperative.

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