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Media Alert: Press Conference calling on Minns government to rule out Eraring extension

9:15am, Thursday 24th August 2023

Climate, finance and civil society groups will host a press conference at NSW Parliament today calling on the Minns Government to rule out using public money to extend the life of Eraring coal fired power station, focusing on the range of alternatives that can reduce power prices and ensure NSW delivers for the climate. 

Exclusive polling on public support for investment in renewable energy over extending the life of Eraring will also be released. 

What: Press conference in NSW parliament regarding potential extensions of Eraring power station, hosted by leading climate and environmental groups from across NSW. 

When: 9.15am Thursday 24 August

Where: Level 6 Media Room, NSW Parliament House

Who: The conference will be attended by leading figures in the climate movement and members of the NSW Parliament. 

Media notes: A summary of new polling and statements from each representative will be made available after the conclusion of the conference. Please direct any inquiries to Clancy Barnard at [email protected] or 0438 869 332

Press conference speakers: 

Tristan Field, artist and Walbunga and Gurriwal man

Tristan will share an acknowledgement of country.

Tim Buckley, Climate Energy Finance

Tim will speak to his report ‘The Lights Will Stay On: NSW Electricity Plan 2023-2030’, which details how Labor can close Eraring on time while ensuring reliable, affordable power.

Dr Kim Loo, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, NSW AMA and  Doctors for the Environment

Kim will speak on behalf of health practitioners in NSW addressing the health impacts of continuing coal pollution on local communities as well as the wider impacts of climate change on people’s health.

Asha Ramzan, Sydney Community Forum

Asha will speak about how low-income households are affected by rising temperatures and worsening climate disasters, and the need for clean energy solutions to reduce power bills and address the climate crisis.

Dr Brad Smith, Nature Conservation Council

NCC will uncover that NSW’s committed climate targets would be unachievable with even a short delay to Eraring’s closure schedule.

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