Greens Adam Bandt and Jeremy Buckingham will host an event in Lithgow on Monday, July 31, on a national tour focused on the transition to clean energy.
The meeting will be held at Lithgow Workies from 6.30pm to 8pm.
The tour is specifically visiting coal communities around Australia and Mr Bandt said he wanted to listen to people’s concerns.
The event will include a Q&A session.
“The transition to clean energy is inevitable, but we need a national plan that ensures the transition helps fight global warming and works for communities and workers in the areas that have relied on jobs in coal-fired power like Lithgow,” Mr Bandt, Greens spokesperson for energy and climate change, said.
“Without a coherent national plan, Australia’s energy future will be dictated by private companies in boardrooms – like what we’ve seen with Hazelwood’s unplanned closure in Victoria.”
The Greens’ plans include the establishment of a new independent public authority, Renew Australia, to lead a transition.
Mr Buckingham, NSW Greens spokesperson for resources and energy, said the NSW government did not have a plan for the transition from coal to clean energy.
“We need a strategy that looks after communities and creates opportunities rather than a chaotic collapse in the future,” he said.
To attend the Workies meeting, you can RSVP at http://www.beyondcoal.com.au/lithgow.