ENERGY: Deputy Mayor Cr Andrew Smith will represent council at the National Energy Summit in Toowoomba.
ENERGY: Deputy Mayor Cr Andrew Smith will represent council at the National Energy Summit in Toowoomba. Contributed

Council to offer advice at National Energy Summit

THE WESTERN Downs will be represented in Toowoomba at the National Energy Summit which will be held over the next two days.

The event, hosted by Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise has invited all levels of government to discuss energy and how to find a balance between making it sustainable, reliable and affordable.

Deputy Mayor Andrew Smith will represent council at the event, and said the Western Downs was at the forefront of energy production and had plenty to offer at the meeting.

"With our region at the forefront of diversified energy production, council has an important role to play in establishing a sustainable energy future in Australia, and we look forward to taking our seat at the table at TSBE's inaugural National Energy Summit,” Cr Smith said.

"Not only is the Western Downs riding the wave of renewable energies, we're leading the way when it comes to development opportunities and value-adding to what the resource industries are currently doing in the region.

"With solar and wind on the way, we're seeing the diversification of energy right on our doorstep, with renewables being able to connect to the electricity grid thanks to the legacy of the CSG power infrastructure.”

Some of the country's major energy companies will also be represented at the meeting, as future policy is discussed.

TSBE executive chairman Shane Charles said the event would provide a chance to hear all sides of the energy debate and an opportunity to show how the Western Downs could be a national example.


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