On behalf of a cluster of more than 70 businesses, industry bodies and state government departments, the Committee for Gippsland is pleased to announce that Gippsland has been selected to join a national network to lead the development and advancement of Australia’s clean hydrogen energy sector.
Gippsland has been chosen by National Energy Resources Australia (NERA) as one of a handful of clusters across Australia that will play a pivotal role in accelerating the development, deployment, and commercialisation of the Australian hydrogen industry.
The success of Gippsland’s submission to NERA presents an opportunity for the region to build on its status as an energy power-house and, according to the Committee for Gippsland’s CEO Jane Oakley, will enable the region to leverage funding associated with the Australian Government’s $1.5billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy and $1.8billion investment in low emissions technologies.
To build a competitive clean hydrogen industry in Gippsland that will:
- grow Victoria and Australia’s hydrogen supply on a global scale
- develop training programs to build a skilled workforce
- be an early adopter in hydrogen use.
Gippsland’s hydrogen cluster will work to identify and leverage how regional and specialist expertise will be utilised to achieve the objectives of growing Australia’s hydrogen capability. This knowledge will inform the Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster’s decision making, how it engages with cluster members and beyond.
Working with all tiers of government, industry, community, and research institutes will enable collective thinking and action to navigate complex issues and define economic and social benefit.
The Gippsland cluster will work closely with NERA’s regional cluster manager (based in Melbourne) and the Victorian Government’s lead department DELWP to build capability and capacity in the clean energy sector and within the region.
The Gippsland Hydrogen Cluster will strive to:
- Seek best practice
- Incorporate cluster governance into existing Committee for Gippsland structures to ensure robust controls and Board oversight
- Confirm roles and responsibilities and functional boundaries in order to deliver a collaborative and transparent engagement model with shared accountability.
For further information please contact:
Tony Cantwell – CEO Committee for Gippsland
Mob: 0488 557 798