NEWCASTLE has the “best minds” to solve Australia’s “energy crisis”, Labor spokesman for energy and climate change Mark Butler says.
Mr Butler toured the CSIRO Energy Centre in Mayfield on Wednesday, before a visit on Thursday to businesses, including the Tomago aluminium smelter, which was at the centre of February’s heatwave emergency.
He said there was “a lot to learn” from the city’s researchers.
“You really have the best minds in energy policy, and they’ve been here for decades,” Mr Butler said, praising the “world-leading” work of University of Newcastle researchers and their printed solar panel site, reported in Monday’s Newcastle Herald.
He said the country needed solutions to rising energy costs. “It can’t wait,” Mr Butler added.
Newcastle MP Sharon Claydon said the CSIRO Energy Centre should be treasured.
“For me, it’s just so important,” she said. “The skills and expertise for our energy solutions are right here.”