Posted on 21. Nov, 2010 in Election Media Release, Greening Victoria

A future Labor Government will create and secure around 10,000 jobs as part of its response to climate change building on commitments to reduce emissions and create the jobs for the future economy, Premier John Brumby announced today.

But these jobs are at risk under a Coalition Government, because Mr Baillieu has made it clear that will not take serious action on climate change, and his policies would make it harder to put up a wind turbine in Victoria than to dig a coal mine.

In contrast, the renewable energy target – which the Opposition voted against – has already created 2000 jobs in the sector and Labor’s nation leading climate change response will lift this to 10,000 jobs over the next five years.

Mr Brumby was joined by Skills and Workforce Participation Minister Bronwyn Pike at the state-of-the-art Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre in Brunswick and said Labor was committed to supporting cleaner and greener jobs.

“Climate change is one of the greatest challenges facing the world and Labor will continue to take action to reduce emissions and create new sources of energy like solar,” Mr Brumby said.

“As part of this Labor will invest $10 million for an Industry Sustainable Skills capital investment to train up apprentices and current tradespeople with the skills to use and install the latest clean energy and water saving devices.

“Victoria is leading Australia in legislating a target to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020 and we are skilling up our workforce to create a low-carbon economy.

“This will not only be good for the environment but will help create jobs as more demand develops for green skills.”

Mr Brumby said the $10 million Industry Sustainable Skills capital investment included:

  • $4 million to build stage two of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre;
  • $1 million towards a demonstration vehicle to take training programs for plumbers to regional and rural Victoria; and
  • Up to $5 million to establish an Energy Efficiency and Renewables Academy to deliver training for electricians on the latest clean energy and energy efficiency technologies


“The second stage of the Plumbing Industry Climate Action Centre will allow more plumbers to have access to demonstrations and training and acquire the skills they need to install and utilise the latest sustainable appliances and products,” he said.

“It will include further training equipment and the construction of a demonstration ‘green roof’ stormwater holding system.”

Mr Brumby said a future Labor Government would also invest up to $5 million towards an Energy Efficiency and Renewables Academy which is currently being developed by industry groups. The facility would be a partnership between Government, industry, unions and training organisations.

“The Academy will provide training on the latest sustainable energy technologies and will commence with a focus on improving the skills of the electrical trade’s workforce, who already, have trade qualifications but need training on new products – such as the skills needed to install solar photovoltaic cells,” he said.

“The Academy will also act as a resource centre for others in the building industry and demonstrate cutting-edge building design and renewable technologies within the facility.”

Ms Pike said Victoria was already seeing some of the benefits flowing from Labor’s investment in the $175 million Jobs for the Future Economy Action Plan to stimulate new technologies and sustainable skills with a number of projects well-underway.

“Labor knows that our real strength as a State lies in the skills and innovation of our people,” Ms Pike said.

“That is why we know there is still more to do to build a cleaner and more sustainable future, and to keep the clean and skilled jobs coming to Victoria.”

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