Recover our economy

Let's recover our economy by creating jobs that solve long-term challenges – like jobs in renewables and clean transport!  

2020 has been bumpy for many of us. Let's recover our economy by creating jobs that solve long-term challenges.

Queensland has incredible job opportunities to get communities back on track and set the Sunshine State up for the future. We’re on the brink of a renewables boom that will open up thousands of new jobs for engineers, truck drivers, electricians and mechanics, in renewable energy, energy efficiency and clean transport.

We’ve already seen a huge expansion of clean energy jobs in Queensland over the past five years. With government leadership, we can recover Queensland’s economy and create 20,000 new, future-proof jobs in the construction of renewable energy projects, and an additional 4,000 ongoing jobs in operations and maintenance.

Don Drane, Facility Manager, Warwick Solar Farm

I live and work in Warwick. We make plenty of energy for our communities. And jobs too. We’ve proven we can – so let’s do it all over Queensland

Don Drane, Facility Manager, Warwick Solar Farm

Don's story

Don Drane, a facility manager at Warwick Solar Farm, loves his job. He’s proud of how small communities – like Warwick, population 15,380 – can be part of big renewable solutions.

Owned by the University of Queensland, the solar farm will generate enough power to take the equivalent of 50,000 cars off the road annually and power around 27,000 homes. As well as generating energy from the sun, the farm is a teaching tool for engineering students and grass and shade for local sheep.

Best of all, Don sees Warwick Solar Farm as an act of leadership that demonstrates that a transition to renewables can be done at scale, that’s practicable and makes economic sense.

Rebuild our community

Let’s make smart decisions to make our communities healthier and more resilient. 

In good times and hard times, Queenslanders come together with kindness, humour and resilience. Whether it’s a health pandemic, bushfires, floods or drought, our communities rally around to look after each other. Let's work together to make our communities healthier and more resilient. 

With government leadership, we can weatherproof homes right across our state so they’re a pleasure to live in. We can make the homes of families on low incomes energy efficient – and create resilient buildings for regional and remote communities to stay safe from extreme weather and bushfires.  

While we’re at it, let’s upgrade publicly-owned buildings and operations across Queensland and make our hospitals, evacuation centres, fire stations, schools, public and social housing, and libraries renewable, energy efficient and weatherproof. With government leadership, initiatives like these will create jobs in local communities, generate economic stimulus and create great public spaces for us all to share, while cutting electricity costs and reducing climate emissions. 

Rachel Leembruggen, small business owner and mum, Ipswich

I want my kids to grow up in a community that’s sustainable. That’s why I started my small business – to grow and give.

Rachel Leembruggen, small business owner and mum, Ipswich

Rachel's story

Rachel Leembruggen loves plants. And food. And especially plants that are food. So it's no surprise that growing food is the heart of the small business she runs from her backyard in Springfield, Queensland. Rachel's passionate about sharing the benefits of "growing your own”, contributing to the community and having an impact beyond her own veggie patch. 

Rachel's business, Plot Australia, is great example of Queenslanders rolling up their sleeves to grow healthy, connected and resilient communities. From her own backyard and with three kids under four, Rachel is showing us how it can be done – and how much happiness comes from rebuilding communities. 

Renew our energy

Let's ramp up renewable energy and battery storage – and export Queensland sunshine to the world.  

The renewable energy boom is well underway in Queensland, with current renewable projects on track to provide more than one-third of the state’s power consumption within the next five years. If all of these projects are completed, they will generate more than 10,000 GWh of Queensland’s electricity needs – enough clean, renewable energy to power 2 million Queensland households.

These existing renewables projects are just the beginning. With government leadership, we can make Queensland a renewable energy superpower. Let's turbo-charge jobs in renewables and make our electricity grid and transmission infrastructure reliable, resilient and fit for the 21st century. We can also create jobs upgrading existing industries to make them energy efficient and renewable. Australia is one of the best-placed countries in the world to develop a renewable energy export industry and to use renewable hydrogen to reduce emissions across our economy. With government leadership, Queensland can export clean energy to the world!

Abby Bernath, Gold Coast lifeguard

I love it how we use sunshine to power these swimming pools!

Abby Bernath, Gold Coast lifeguard

As a surfer, lifeguard and marine biology student, 21-year old Abby Bernath spends a lot of time in the sun, wind and waves. Although Covid-19 threw a spanner in her travel plans for now, Abby has big dreams for the future. One day, she'd like to start her own ecotourism business to show people the wonders of the world, while looking after nature.

She also has big dreams for Queensland. With so much sunshine and wind, she thinks renewing our energy system is a huge opportunity to create jobs and solve long-term challenges.

At the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre where she's a lifeguard, she's seen first hand the value of solar. Not only do the 1300 panels supply all the centre's energy needs (including six heated swimming pools), they save the community lots of money. They're also proof that where there's a will, there's a way. 

Abby hopes Queensland will lead the country on climate solutions – and be beautiful one day, renewable the next.