We are in one of the most challenging periods in Australia's history, facing a future of high unemployment and economic uncertainty. But what if we had a clear plan for how Australia can come out of this crisis with 1.8 million new jobs across the nation, and more than 50,000 jobs in the Hunter Region alone over the next five years?
That's exactly what Beyond Zero Emissions' new Million Jobs Plan does. Developed through extensive consultation and research, it shows that we can modernise and decarbonise our industry, and reskill our workforce for a prosperous society.
All across Australia, especially in heavy industry communities and bushfire and drought-affected regions, we can create thousands of jobs by backing low-carbon solutions. It also invests in our future, and sets us on the path we need to take.
The roll-out of 90GW of renewable energy in five years underpins the plan.
This will enable manufacturing to be powered by renewable electricity. Other recommendations include retrofitting homes and building new zero-energy social housing dwellings; processing green metals; and land restoration.
The plan isn't about abstract numbers. It is the story of opportunities that are within reach for communities such as the Hunter right now.
Specifically, it is a plan for more than 50,000 jobs over five years, and 115,000 jobs over 10 years, with 24,000 jobs ongoing.
How will these jobs be created?
BRIGHT SIDE: Retro-fitting Hunter homes could deliver thousands of jobs to the region, Samantha Mella says