BENDIGO’S Labor candidate Lisa Chesters received half a cloud, while Nationals’ Sarah Sheedy and Liberal Greg Bickley both raised question marks in their solar scorecard.
The results from a new survey have ranked political candidates on their commitment to renewable energy.
Questions on thermal solar projects and candidates’ support for Australia’s Renewable Energy Target helped inform their solar score, listed online by the 100 per cent renewable energy group.
The Greens’ Lachlan Slade had suns across the board in the survey.
For the purpose of the survey only candidates from the major parties were listed.
Bendigo Sustainability Group president Keith Reynard said it was an interesting insight into candidates’ policies.
He said it was important residents had the chance to see candidates’ views on solar power.
“Politicians of all parties need to understand that climate and our environment are key election issues and decisions will affect everyone’s wellbeing for generations,” he said.
“Our votes are tied to their policies on where we go from here.”
“Whoever becomes our local representative in Canberra needs to understand how important this is to all of us and that’s why we’re asking them to improve their rankings on the solar scorecard.” In the Bendigo electorate there are more than 11,500 solar-powered homes.
Mr Reynard said families in the Bendigo region had already taken the lead on solar energy, and it was important candidates showed similar commitments.
“Our community is interested in moving to clean sources of energy, where we can take power over our power bills and do our part for the environment.”
Mount Alexander Sustainability Group chair Margaret Rasa said it was shaping as a hugely important election for environmental policies.
Ms Rasa said she was hopeful Bendigo candidates would attend a forum next week to explain their credentials on solar power and answer questions.
The event will be held at 5pm on Friday, August 30, at the New Northern Hotel in Barker Street, Castlemaine.
More information on renewable energy targets and Bendigo candidates’ views – Page 20.