M.A.D.E hosts green lecture

A GREEN crowd received a lecture on good business practices on Sunday, as part of a panel discussion on the environment at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka. 

Sonia Smith MC leads the panel in discussions, with, from left, Simon Reid, Gib Wettenhall, Lisa Kendal, Hedley Thomson and Alex Arbuthnot.

Sonia Smith MC leads the panel in discussions, with, from left, Simon Reid, Gib Wettenhall, Lisa Kendal, Hedley Thomson and Alex Arbuthnot.

Simon Reid, who sells solar panels and is part of the Ballarat Renewable Energy and Zero Emissions group, said businesses would save money after installing panels. 

“Solar has become reasonable for business premises, with leasing costs and running costs coming below equivalent electricity bills,” he said. 

Mr Reid said it was now up to government to catch up with the technology. 

“We can build 10-star houses, that don’t require heating and cooling. People don’t believe it, but we can,” he said. 

The panel included Ballarat Environmental Network chief Hedley Thomson, Landcare Australia director Alex Arbuthnot, Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum chief executive officer Lisa Kendal and Great Dividing Trail manager Gib  Wettenhall. 

The event, attended by about 40 people, was organised by Nationals candidate for Buninyong Sonia Smith, who said the environment shouldn’t be the domain of one party, but a policy topic open for “anyone who cares”, after she was criticised by a Greens member last week.

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