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The Great Barrier Reef and Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project: Reef and Energy Experts Available

April 16, 2019 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

The following reef and energy spokespeople are available today to talk about The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s climate change position statement and the Kidston hydro project securing environmental approvals.

Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project

Tristan Edis, director—analysis and advisory, Green Energy Markets, can talk about: What the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro Project could benefit consumers across Australia, pave the way for other renewable energy projects in the area to come online, and how building the infrastructure needed to support the project will create a large number of local jobs.

Nicky Ison, Founding Director, Community Power Agency, can talk about: The potential of the pumped storage hydro project and others in the Kidston Renewable Energy Hub to transition to clean energy while creating new jobs for people with mining industry-related skills; and how similar models could be replicated in regions like Central Queensland and the Hunter Valley.

Andrew Bray, National Coordinator, Australian Wind Alliance, can talk about: How a pumped hydro project in North Queensland—which has some of the best wind and solar resource in the country—could help the region achieve a 100% clean, renewables-powered and reliable grid.

Great Barrier Reef

David Cazzulino, Great Barrier Reef Community Campaigner, AMCS, can talk about: The impacts of greater than 1.5°C warming on the GBR, what radical action must be taken to protect the reef, the impact of climate change on local tourism operators, coral bleaching.

Tony Fontes, CEO, Whitsunday Dive Adventures, can talk about: What extreme heat and climate change means for tourism and tourism operators, impacts of extreme heat and coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

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