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Energy Magazine: Inaugural First Nations Clean Energy Strategy roundtables get underway

The first community roundtable placing First Nations people and communities at the centre of Australia’s clean energy strategy has wrapped up in the Pilbara.

The Federal Government and energy ministers committed in August 2022 to co-design and implement the First Nations Clean Energy Strategy to ensure that First Nations people are part of, and drivers of Australia’s energy transformation. 

Ministers committed to resource the roundtables to support the First Nations Clean Energy Network’s three pillars – community, industry partnerships and policy reform – citing the strategy development as an opportunity to review laws, regulation and policy; lift barriers and implement regulatory reform; and to stoke government investment in innovation, technology and infrastructure so that First Nations people can share in and benefit from the renewable energy boom.

First Nations Clean Energy Network founder and Yorta Yorta descendant, Karrina Nolan, said, “This first of many roundtables will help outline a clean energy and investment vision by communities in and around the Pilbara. 

“It is the Network’s aim to ensure First Nations people are resourced to participate in, and socially and economically benefit from, the clean energy transition.