Nov 11, 2016

The Coalition appears to have broken an election promise to Vincent Industries in Wynyard that it would provide up to $15,000 towards installing solar panels to reduce energy costs.

Shadow Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy Pat Conroy today joined with Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay to visit Vincent Industries.

In May this year, former Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Braddon Member Brett Whiteley made an election promise that Vincent Industries would receive funding under the Coalitions Solar Communities Program.

Pat Conroy said “The promise has now been thrown into doubt following a statement earlier this week by a spokesperson on behalf of the Minister for Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg that he could not confirm if the North West Coast would be included in Coalitions’ Solar Communities Program.

“Vincent Industries quite rightly believed they would receive this funding and it is disappointing the Coalition is appearing to walk away from a commitment to an organisation that provides employment for 40 individuals with a disability.”

Federal Member for Braddon Justine Keay said, “Minister Frydenberg can put Vincent Industries at ease by confirming the promise will be honoured.”

“I am also calling upon Senator Eric Abetz or his protégé Senator Duniam to join Labor in working to have the promise kept.

“The community quite rightly gets disillusioned with the political process when a simple $15,000.00 promise can be kept.

“An organisation like Vincent Industries that does so much for vulnerable people in our community should be helped not hindered.”

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