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Independent calls for renewable energy manufacturing in Hunter

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article image Independent candidate for Newcastle, Rod Holding

The former Kurri Kurri Aluminium Smelter site should be transformed into a hub of renewable energy manufacturing.

As the Maitland mercury reports, this is the opinion of Independent candidate for Newcastle Rod Holding.

Mr Holding believes the smelter site would be a good starting point to his plan to transform other industrial areas in the electorate into renewable energy manufacturing hubs.

“It wouldn’t take a lot of money for the factories to be transformed so they could make generators or turbines,” Mr Holding said.

“There’s no reason why Newcastle can’t start exporting this technology to get away from the global warming fossil fuel disaster that’s ahead of us.”

He said that the plan would create local jobs, boost the regional economy, and also provide the Hunter with an alternative export to coal.

Mr Holding said that, if elected, he would probably vote with the Greens in the House of Representatives.

The Newcastle Herald reports that Mr Holding is concerned about the National Broadband Network on the grounds that it allows the C.I.A. to be  ‘‘backdoored into all of the computer servers’’ for surveillance purposes.

Image: The Maitland Mercury

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