Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan has said that the government is committed to transforming Albany into a renewable energy city.
This represents a significant step forward for the State Government's $19.5 million commitment to developing the Albany wave energy project and investing in renewable energy projects in Western Australia.
The wave energy project includes a technology development project as well as the establishment of a Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany. These two elements combined will bring together State Government agencies, universities and industry to ensure that Albany's natural suitability for renewable energy is fully utilised.
The project will put Western Australia at the leading edge of the emerging wave energy technology sector and create exciting job prospects for the local community.
"Renewables are a 21st century industry and we want Albany and Western Australia to be at the forefront of innovation and technology development in this sector; we want to be technology makers, not takers," Ms MacTiernan said.