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28 August 2020


At the Daily Telegraph Bush Summit today, Australian software giant Atlassian’s co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes will appear on a panel with Energy Minister Angus Taylor and shadow resources minister Joel Fitzgibbon to discuss renewable energy.

The following farmers are available to discuss how renewables benefit those who make their living on the land:

Crookwell sheep farmer Charlie Prell can talk about how the second stream of income he earned through hosting wind turbines on his property provided a financial lifeline throughout the recent NSW drought.

Narromine cotton and wheat farmer Karin Stark who two years ago installed a 500kW solar diesel hybrid irrigation pump on her property, which she estimates is saving the family business about $180,000 annually and will pay itself off within five years. Karin is also an on-farm renewables consultant and can talk about how renewables benefit farmers.

Regional tourism opportunities are also due to be discussed at the summit.

Available for comment is:

Josh Fletcher, Lead Advocate, Protect Our Winters & Mt Buller Ski Resort worker, can talk about how the Snowy Mountains have been dealt a double blow with bushfires and COVID-19. Repeated evacuations over the summer, low visitor numbers, and poor winter snowfall mean an uncertain economic outlook for tourism-dependent businesses in the Snowy Mountains. 

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