The NSW government should work to remove barriers preventing the development of a container terminal by the Port of Newcastle, a parliamentary committee into the sustainability of the state's energy supply and resources has recommended.
The committee's final report, Sustainability of energy supply and resources in NSW, highlighted the critical need for government action to help coal-dependent communities such as the Hunter transition towards a zero-carbon economy.
An inquiry, chaired by Independent MP Alex Greenwich, was established in 2019 in response to concerns communities in coal-dependent areas would face economic and social upheaval if governments failed to prepare for the global shift away from fossil fuels.
The committee made 21 recommendations and 15 findings, covering support for communities, economic and employment opportunities presented by renewable energy, transmission infrastructure, energy management, and forecasts for domestic and export use of energy.
Read the full article published in the Newcastle Herald 13th August 2021