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Key environmental stakeholders to explore future of First Nations clean energy

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A two-day conference in Melbourne aims to ensure First Nations people have a say and influence in the future of Australia's move towards renewable energy and the opportunities that comes with it.

Starting Thursday, the First Nations Clean Energy symposium invites speakers representing stakeholders and peak bodies explore the role of Indigenous people, industry, unions, experts and Government play in the country's environmental policy.

The event is co-hosted by the National Native Title Council, the Indigenous Land and Sea Corporation, newly founded collective the First Nations Clean Energy Network, to be opened by Federal Climate Change and Energy assistant minister Jenny McAllister.

The FNCEA's Katrina Nolan said a key driver was to act as a "collective voice" to integrate clean energy projects into issues facing communities with energy security issues.

"They'll have great climate change benefits, because we obviously need to urgently transition away from fossil fuels," she said.

"It also means economic development opportunity for our communities, for some of the large projects as well, if they're done the right way."

National Native Title Council chairman Kado Muir said the First Nations land estate was "under siege".

"There is an expectation by industry and government that our involvement ends with handing over our land for big development projects," he said.

"This is an old and outdated way of thinking.

"We want to be active participants in the economy of renewable energy, as owners of projects, technology and power distribution into markets."

The platform plans to advocate for a national policy framework and reflect on similar breakdowns in Government-First Nations relationships in North America.

The First Nations Clean Energy Symposium runs 9am-5pm at the Grand Hyatt in Melbourne's CBD.


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