It’s natural that a community living between the mountains and the sea will be conscious of its local environment. Climate change is real and we need to build the low-carbon economy of the future.

I’m the Co-Chair of the Recharge Illawarra group which recognises that our local industries can play a crucial role in delivering new renewable technologies, and manufacturing more environmentally friendly sources of energy for the future; all while creating more green jobs in our local economy. It will take a multi-faceted approach to achieving our goal of net-zero emissions by 2050.

Sustainable industry practices, driving energy efficiency improvements, new sources of energy generation, capture and storage as well as transforming our transport and agricultural sectors will all play a part. Local industries are already working to reduce their environmental impact – when I was growing up some days the air around Wollongong was thick with pollution that we only rarely experience now – but there is much more to do.

This not only requires governments to agree on a path to the future but also to support achieving this goal with clear policy settings and market designs that support it.