TMEC Media Release: Major Industry Welcomes Energy Working Group Announcement

The Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council, through the Big Picture campaign industries have welcomed the establishment of the Tasmanian Government’s Energy Working Group.


Representatives of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council and Big Picture Tasmania industries have been invited by Minister for Energy, Matthew Groom to fill two positions on the newly established Energy Working Group. Bell Bay Aluminium’s General Manager, Ray Mostogl and Nyrstar Business Development Manager (Australia), Greg Zooeff will assist the Energy Working Group identify a stable and sustainable price path for power that can provide relief to consumers and help grow the Tasmanian economy and attract new investment.

Mr Mostogl, who is also Chair of the Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council Energy Sub Committee, said there is an imperative in Tasmania to address the issue of high energy costs and looked forward to working closely with other Working Group members: CEO Tascoss Tony Reidy; CEO Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Jan Davis; and Principal Consultant Goanna  Energy Marc White.

“It is clear to us that an immediate short term solution is required, allowing for a longer term solution to be developed to address the burden of energy and transmission pricing for Tasmanian households, business and industry,” said Mr Mostogl.

“Together we will be able to bring our business acumen and experiences to assist develop an energy strategy for the benefit of all Tasmanians. Mr Mostogl said the mining and manufacturing sector in Tasmania is the single largest industry sector contributor to the Tasmanian economy. Five of Tasmania’s major industries in this sector also account for 60% of the State’s energy consumption.

“This sector is at the core of the Tasmanian economy, contributing a billion dollars more than the next industry sector. These industries are also Tasmania’s window on the economic world as products are sold into highly competitive international markets. In the past five years they have experienced more than a 200% increase in transmission charges, which is unsustainable.”

Mr Mostogl said the establishment of the Energy Working Group by the Tasmanian Government recognises the valuable contribution by major industry to the State’s economy and the jobs and flow on benefits throughout local communities that major industry provides.

“It also recognises the importance of electricity costs to all Tasmanians including families, and Tasmanian businesses across many sectors who have suffered under skyrocketing transmission over the last five years.”

ABOUT TASMANIAN MINERALS AND ENERGY COUNCIL

Tasmanian Minerals and Energy Council will host its annual conference on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 May at Wrest Point Hobart. The conference will examine Tasmania’s energy challenges including the provision and use of energy in the State

The conference program is available at http://www.tasmanianmining.com.au/2014_events

ABOUT BIG PICTURE TASMANIA

Take a Look at the Big Picture campaign, established in 2013, encourages Tasmanians to consider the importance of sustainable industry through direct employment, local suppliers, contractors and cash flow through other critical community sectors including hospitality, education, health and tourism.

With just under 10% of Tasmanian households generating actual wealth – these industries are vital for Tasmanian prosperity.

Take a Look at The Big Picture features employees from across four major industries, Bell Bay Aluminium, Norske Skog, Grange Resources and Nyrstar, sharing their proud and passionate stories.

The multi-media campaign is supported by a range of industry, business and community groups.

Take a Look at the Big Picture industry partners, Bell Bay Aluminium, Norske Skog, Grange Resources and Nyrstar are collectively worth more than $2 billion to the Tasmanian economy and are responsible for half of Tasmania’s exports by value.

Collectively theses industries contribute more than $200 million in salaries and wages to direct employees and millions of dollars more through contractors and suppliers.

These industries have invested substantially in environmental programs and partner with government and lead authorities on programs which significantly benefit the environment, safety, business and the health and wellbeing of their local communities.

Nurturing industry is vital to ensuring high levels of continuing investment in environment and community programs, while supporting current and future job growth and skills advancement.