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NIT: Key environmental stakeholders to explore future of First Nations clean energy

A two-day conference in Melbourne aims to ensure First Nations people have a say and influence in the future of Australia’s move towards renewable energy and the opportunities that comes with it.

Starting Thursday, the First Nations Clean Energy symposium invites speakers representing stakeholders and peak bodies explore the role of Indigenous people, industry, unions, experts and Government play in the country’s environmental policy.

The event is co-hosted by the National Native Title Council, the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, newly founded collective the First Nations Clean Energy Network, to be opened by Federal Climate Change and Energy assistant minister Jenny McAllister.

The FNCEA’s Katrina Nolan said a key driver was to act as a “collective voice” to integrate clean energy projects into issues facing communities with energy security issues.

“They’ll have great climate change benefits, because we obviously need to urgently transition away from fossil fuels,” she said.

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By Jarred Cross