**Submissions have now closed**
The Queensland Government is seeking submissions on its draft 2023 Queensland Renewable Energy Zone Roadmap.
Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) will see specific areas throughout Queensland receive focused development of renewable energy infrastructure.
Now is the opportunity to ensure that Renewable Energy Zone planning brings co-benefits to communities that need them most – such as investments in local economies, health-care, housing, employment, and our natural environment. These boosts should be prioritised alongside the cost of living benefits that come from increased access to clean, cheap renewable energy.
Right now is your chance to make sure the Queensland Government hears your view to ensure Renewable Energy Zones (REZs) are done right – with communities, not to communities.
Using our guide, you can make a short submission by the end of day this Friday 22nd September.
Points you might like to include in your submission:
- I’m a Queensland resident and I’d like to see the Sunshine State become a renewable energy industry leader. It is welcome to see the Queensland Government introducing REZs.
- It is important that Renewable Energy Zones bring co-benefits to communities that need them the most – including boosts in employment, housing, health-care, cost of living, and preservation of natural environment.
- Deep consultation with local communities, especially First Nations communities, is crucial to develop genuine and ongoing engagement with the people impacted by REZs.
- REZ Readiness Assessments should include work with community to understand environmental, social and cultural impacts – to develop knowledge and reassurance on how projects will impact the surrounding communities.
- A coordinated funding pool should be established to invest in local priorities for communities in REZs, with those priorities identified by the communities themselves.
- There needs to be transparency in the REZ development process, including clear decision-making processes and the public availability of assessment outcomes.
- Any plan focused on renewable energy must enable Queensland to become a renewable energy leader moving forward – including exporting green manufacturing opportunities, the renewable hydrogen industry, large-scale renewable electrification, and the decommissioning of current non-renewable energy.
And don't forget that adding personal touches increases the impact of your submission!
You can find our more detail information about the QLD Government REZ Roadmap here.