Parliament: Speeches on Bills

Pastoral Land Management and Conservation (Renewable Energy) Amendment Bill

The Hon. K.L. VINCENT: I speak today very briefly at the second reading of the Pastoral Land Management and Conservation (Renewable Energy) Amendment Bill 2014 on behalf of Dignity for Disability in support of this bill. I would like to thank the Hon. Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, for availing my office of his staff member Andrew Fisher and departmental staff for a briefing on this bill.

Dignity for Disability supports the measures outlined in this bill that will allow pastoralists to receive between $8,000 and $12,000 per wind turbine for farmers and pastoralist lessees. We hope that these measures contribute to more licences being sought as well as granted and to help drought-proof properties for wind farms on pastoral lands and expedite the process in terms of solar measures. We certainly support the establishment of wind farms and believe that they are a good source of sustainable energy for South Australia. We have all of this open space and we certainly should be using it to generate renewable energy for the good of the future of this state. With those few brief words, I commend the bill to the house.