Bul­gana project a ma­jor vic­tory

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

We can talk for­ever about and pro­mote ide­al­is­tic no­tions of in­dus­try and value-adding project po­ten­tial.

It is a sub­ject that can dom­i­nate the dis­cus­sion and think­ing of civic, re­gional and devel­op­ment lead­ers and commentato­rs, of­ten re­sult­ing in a se­ries of big, fat noth­ings.

But when an idea comes to­gether and ev­ery­thing ap­pears to click into gear, the ef­fort and left-of-cen­tre think­ing is well and truly jus­ti­fied.

The an­nounce­ment of a world-first multi mil­lion-dol­lar project near Great Western that com­bines re­new­able-en­ergy gen­er­a­tion and stor­age with agribusi­ness rates as one of the best ex­am­ples of creative value-adding in our re­gion. The news was both ex­cit­ing and up­lift­ing and pro­vided an­other snapshot of the po­ten­tial bub­bling away un­der the sur­face in our part of the world.

With this project North­ern Grampians Shire Coun­cil has kicked a goal, scored a try, hit the win­ning runs or what­ever other anal­ogy or cliché that comes to mind.

Hav­ing an in­ter­na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion such as Neoen set­ting up a re­new­able power sta­tion in your patch is a good so­cio-eco­nomic win in it­self.

So, too, is hav­ing Nec­tar Farms set­ting up a ma­jor green­house crop-pro­duc­tion project in one of your main cen­tres.

But get­ting the pair to­gether with State Gov­ern­ment sup­port to help es­tab­lish the first bat­tery of its kind in Vic­to­ria as part of a new Bul­gana Green Power Hub while at the same time al­low­ing the agribusi­ness to ex­pand takes it to a new level.

And North­ern Grampians mayor Tony Driscoll was dead right when he said the project was as much a win for the re­gion as it was his shire.

North­ern Grampians Shire has copped its share of eco­nomic hits to the chin in the re­cent past and needed sup­port to sta­bilise, es­pe­cially af­ter the clo­sure of Stawell Gold Mine.

But if yes­ter­day’s an­nounce­ment is any gauge, then its fu­ture ap­pears well and truly bright.

When it comes to re­gional devel­op­ment it might be that ap­ply­ing the ap­proach of leg­endary foot­ball coach John Kennedy, who fit­tingly spent time in Stawell many years ago, is the best way to go.

For peo­ple un­fa­mil­iar with his fa­mous quote used to in­spire his down-and-out team dur­ing the 1975 grand fi­nal, al­beit ab­bre­vi­ated, goes: ‘Don’t think, don’t hope. Do!’

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.