Anglesea coal shutdown 'good for humanity': Greens

AUSTRALIAN Greens Leader Senator Richard Di Natale has congratulated the community groups that successfully campaigned to shut down the Anglesea coal mine and power station in Victoria and has now promised to target the closure of the Hazelwood coal mine.
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Mining at Anglesea. Image courtesy of Alcoa.

Lou Caruana

“With Anglesea down, Hazelwood will be next and the Greens are standing here with a plan to make sure workers aren't left high and dry,” he said.

“We're ready to help people take advantage of all the jobs to be had in decommissioning power plants, rehabilitating mine sites and accelerating large-scale renewable energy projects.”

The closure of this Anglesea is a big win for the local community and for the “safe climate we all rely on” Di Natale said.

“We're talking about school children, local residents and businesses which will now have a cleaner and healthier future with less asthma, less heart disease, and fewer cancers,” he said.

“The workers who have learned they are losing their jobs today deserved better, because everyone could see this coming.

“Why didn't the government have a plan to help workers transition to industries that are on the rise, like renewable energy?”

The disaster of Labor and Liberal combining to cut the Renewable Energy Target has just been thrown into sharp relief, Di Natale said.

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