Essay by Eric Worrall
Was this in the budget? Australian Aboriginals have joined farmers in demanding cash payouts or royalties for renewable energy installations which impact their land.
‘Don’t make the same mistake’: Traditional Owners’ warning over renewable projects on Aboriginal land
First Nations experts and Traditional Owners say the federal government must properly consult and share benefits with Aboriginal people in the development of the new green economy.
Published 20 November 2022 at 6:45am
By Tom Canetti
- Indigenous climate activists have protested at COP27.
- First Nations people in Australia say they aren’t consulted on fossil fuel mining projects on their land.
- They say this is a mistake Australia can’t make in the renewables transition.
Traditional Owners and Aboriginal sustainability experts have warned the Australian government against making the same “mistake” it did with fossil fuel mining, and to properly consult First Nations leaders before developing renewable energy projects on their land.
It came as Indigenous activists from across the planet called on governments to respect First Nations’ land rights during
Experts say coal and gas projects, which have received bipartisan support from Australian governments, have gone ahead on Aboriginal land without their approval and without equal sharing of benefits.
and an influx of investment into renewable projects, Dr Heidi Norman, convener of the Indigenous Land and Justice Research Hub, told SBS News that now is the “best opportunity for Australia to rethink its relationship with Aboriginal people”.
…Read more: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/dont-make-the-same-mistake-traditional-owners-warning-over-renewable-projects-on-aboriginal-land/1v2x3h245
A few weeks ago farmers reached an agreement to be paid $200,000 per km ($320,000 / mile) for green energy grid lines which cross their land, on the grounds that the new lines are a fire hazard – fire fighting helicopters refuse to approach power lines, for obvious reasons.
Australia is facing a severe skills shortage – there aren’t enough electricians to implement the green revolution AND service Australia’s ongoing mining projects.
On top of this, greens have started demanding energy storage targets, to address obvious problems with their green energy revolution.
In every direction people are demanding cash payouts, with substantial justification – Aboriginals, because they don’t want to be exploited without compensation, farmers, to cover loss of land use and increased fire risk, and greens, to address the obvious need for energy storage to back the unreliables.
Something tells me Prime Minister Albanese’s green revolution is either going to suffer a gigantic cost blowout, or die a death of a thousand cuts.