100 Logan residents joined a community forum on Saturday March 25 with Queensland Energy Minister and local MP Mick de Brenni in Daisy Hill to call for more government support for the rising cost of living.

The event was hosted by the Queensland Community Alliance, a collective of community, faith, and environmental groups, who in particular were calling for a program to make solar more accessible for the third of Queenslanders who rent or live in social housing.

During the event the Minister confirmed Queenslanders will again this year receive an electricity rebate of more than $175. He also committed to working on a solution to support the rollout of solar on private rentals and social housing. 

“It was great to have the Minister here listening to his community and taking their feedback on board,” said Rev Geoff Hoyte, Rector, Anglican Parish of Logan.

“Last year we came together as a community and called for the State Government to deliver a pathway for Queensland to repower with affordable renewable energy. The Minister listened and delivered Queensland’s Energy and Jobs Plan, which included an increased Renewable Energy Target and an additional $2.5 billion in funding for publicly owned solar and wind projects.

“We’re looking forward to seeing the commitments that Minister de Brenni spoke about coming to fruition to help Queenslanders tackle rising power bills.”

Mick de Brenni MP
Mick de Brenni MP

During the event, representatives from Solar Citizens and the Queensland Conservation Council welcomed the Queensland’s Energy and Jobs Plan, but said a key element missing from the plan is support for households to afford the upfront cost of bill-slashing technology like rooftop solar, household storage, efficient electric appliances and energy efficiency upgrades.

“We’ve been doing a lot of listening to Logan residents and it’s clear that many people are struggling to keep up with rising power bills and the spiralling cost of living,” said Stephanie Gray, Deputy Director at Solar Citizens. 

“We know that solar straight from the rooftop is the cheapest form of electricity, so it’s a no-brainer that the Queensland Government should help vulnerable Queenslanders tap into these savings.

“We welcome the Minister’s commitment to work on a solution for solar on rentals and social homes. We look forward to initiatives being rolled out as soon as possible.” 

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