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Who we are

Our energy transformation can give regional Australian families certainty that there will be jobs and opportunities in their local communities for decades to come. 

RE-Alliance is an independent, not-for-profit advocacy organisation working to secure an energy transformation that delivers long-term benefits and prosperity to regional Australia.

We start with the needs of local communities, collaborate with industry to deliver social outcomes, and advocate for meaningful benefits for regions through government policy.

We are member-based

We are a member-based organisation. We have members nationwide including landholders, farmers, small businesses, climate campaigners, environmentalists and people living across regional Australia.

If you like what we do, you can support our work by joining as a member.

Independent and Transparent 

You can find our constitution hereOur independence is a fundamental principle that underpins the strength of our voice in the public discussion around renewable energy. Donors towards our work sign this agreement, relinquishing rights to direct our work in any way. Our current financial records are available here at the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profits Commission.

Prior to December 2020, RE-Alliance operated as the Australian Wind Alliance. 

Our memberships

RE-Alliance is a proud member of:

World Wind Energy Association – WWEA Members Directory

Annual reports

 

Staff

Our staff are spread across Australia's east coast in mostly regional areas, and are passionate about seeing regional Australia benefit from more renewable energy projects. 

Andrew Bray

Andrew Bray

NATIONAL DIRECTOR

Andrew has been the National Director of RE-Alliance since 2013, including the period until 2019 when the organisation operated as the Australian Wind Alliance. In that time, Andrew has built the organisation to become the leading voice advocating for regional communities in issues around the energy transition, especially transmission, community benefit sharing and addressing impacts on local communities. In 2021, Andrew was awarded the Clean Energy Council's Outstanding Contribution to Industry Award for his long standing work in these areas. Based in one of New South Wales' prime wind districts, the Southern Tablelands, Andrew is passionate about the contribution renewable energy can make to rural and regional economies while helping Australia transition to a cleaner future. 

Lu Allan

Lu Allan

ADVOCACY MANAGER

Lu is an accomplished campaigner. In her work bringing civil society together to make the renewable energy transformation fantastic for regions and the environment, Lu brings social change strategy and systems thinking developed over ten years as an activist, political campaigner and policy communicator. Growing up in regional Victoria, Lu has an instinct for fairness and for bridging political divides. Lu is based in Far North Queensland and enjoys long bike rides to the beach. Lu holds an MA in International Development and a BA in Psychological Science. 

Kate Healey

Kate Healey

POLICY MANAGER

Kate has worked in senior policy roles for the NSW Government, the Australian Government, Energy Networks Australia and RE-Alliance since 2002. She has over a decade’s experience working in climate and energy policy. In 2021 Kate authored an influential report for RE-Alliance, Building Trust for Transmission: Earning the social licence needed to plug in Australia’s Renewable Energy Zones. Kate’s role at RE-Alliance initially focussed on transmission, but now also includes wider energy policy leadership. Kate is based in Mudgee in Central Western NSW.

Tony Goodfellow

Tony Goodfellow

VICTORIA/TASMANIA COORDINATOR

Tony comes from Ballarat, Victoria where he lives with his young family. Tony has extensive experience in advocacy, community education and engagement experience throughout Australia and is passionate about action on climate change and championing wind energy. He is currently conducting research at University of Melbourne and has previously obtained a Bachelor of Natural Environment and Wilderness Studies with Honours in Sociology from University of Tasmania. His side passion is beekeeping which saw him spend time in the Northern Territory, assisting the Thamarrurr Rangers experiment with Australian stingless beekeeping.

Cait Coffey-Wong

Cait Coffey-Wong

DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Cait is a communications professional, and is passionate about using these skills to empower people to bring about the change they want for their future. She has a variety of communications, copywriting, marketing, project management and fundraising experience across different sectors, notably in climate and mental health. Having grown up in regional Victoria, Cait is thrilled to be able to support regional communities to engage in the transition to renewable energy. She is a Bachelor of Arts graduate.

Kate Hook

Kate Hook

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Kate brings extensive experience in community and stakeholder engagement in regional areas, particularly Central West NSW, where she lives and has raised four children on a small farm.
From local environmental campaigns to complex policy research and most recently, engaging with communities on a range of issues as an independent candidate for the federal election, Kate is a natural communicator and networker.
Kate is passionate about climate action and ensuring that regional communities thrive and truly benefit from the massive opportunities presented by the transition to renewable energy. Her role is to build knowledge, trust, communication and transparency between local people and the renewable energy industry, to achieve best practice and optimal outcomes for everyone involved.


Management Committee

Our Management Committee is made up of a diverse range of people who generously give their time to govern and guide the work of RE-Alliance. Management Committee members bring to the organisation a wide range of skill, expertise and experience. If you're interested in joining, please email [email protected] to find out more.

Madeline Taylor

Madeline Taylor

Dr Madeline Taylor is a Senior Lecturer in Energy Law at Macquarie University, Deputy Director of the Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Innovation and Transformation (CENRIT) at Macquarie University, and Honorary Associate at the Sydney Environment Institute.

Her research advances the novel examination of transitioning energy regulation and energy policy from comparative and socio-legal perspectives. Madeline has published widely in energy regulatory frameworks and policy across complex and multiple land uses, with her current research focusing on the law concerning renewable energy development and energy justice. She is passionate about a just and equitable transition for regional communities and has advised government, industry, and NGOs on issues relating to the energy transition, energy regulation, and policy.

Susan Findlay Tickner

Susan Findlay Tickner

Susan Findlay Tickner is based in Horsham in regional Western Victoria, and has worked in Communications and Stakeholder Engagement for 25 years across the agricultural and renewable energy sectors. With a background in Agricultural Research and Development, she has also worked in Agricultural Policy with the Victorian State Government and is a former member of the Grains Research and Development Corporation Southern Panel. Susan works with renewable energy developer, RES, in communications and engagement.

Dimity Taylor

Dimity Taylor

Dimity is a Physio, farmer and mother, who just happens to live very contentedly next door to a wind farm.  She sleeps well and finds the turbines an aesthetic bonus to her landscape.  Dimity is passionate about supporting other people in wind communities to navigate the fear-mongering around wind farms so they too can enjoy co-locating with these magnificent structures.  Dimity has experienced the benefits a wind farm has brought to her community and would like others to be able to enjoy similar benefits.

Richard Mackie

Richard Mackie

Richard is one of the most experienced people in the Australian wind industry, having worked in the industry since 1994 as a project and business development manager. Richard agreed to give his time to be Treasurer of AWA because he believes Australia is missing out on great benefits in regional areas. Richard has a Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering and an engineering Masters degree and an eMBA from the Australian Graduate School of Management. He is currently the Managing Director of Advanced Energy Consulting.

Luke Osborne

Luke Osborne

Luke has been a leading voice in the wind energy industry for over a decade. He entered the industry as a landholder and subsequently played a leading role in the growth of wind energy company Windlab. He advocates strongly for improved wind energy development models and more inclusivity of neighbouring landholders in wind farm development.

Luke now works at Reposit, seeking to employ home batteries en masse in the wholesale energy markets. This technology allows wind and solar to work in a complementary fashion to deliver affordable and reliable power.

Jonathan Upson

Jonathan Upson

Jonathan is a senior manager with over 14 years experience in the renewable energy industry. He has worked in a variety of roles, including Project Development, Government Affairs and Energy Markets.

Peter Dreher

Peter Dreher

Peter is a corporate and projects Partner at HWL Ebsworth Lawyers and leads the firm's National Renewable Energy Group.

Peter has been a lawyer in the renewables sector since 1999 and has advised in over 50 renewable energy projects in Australia, New Zealand and Thailand. Most of these projects were in wind energy. His expertise is in corporate, commercial and construction and electricity law.


Member Snapshots

Trinidad Diaz

Trinidad Diaz

Trini is a Coatings Inspector with Keppel Prince Engineering, an Australian Manufacturer of Wind Tower Sections, managing the quality requirements of Surface Treatment to completion. She has a strong belief that wind towers play an essential role in a cleaner future.

Linda Cavanagh

Linda Cavanagh

Linda is a local grazier and host of the prospective Rye Park Wind Farm. She has worked hard to rally supporters and encourage them to speak up in support of the project and is excited about the boost to the local economy. Linda is passionate about renewable energy and can’t wait for the turbines to spin at Rye Park to progress the region as a stable clean energy contributor in NSW.

Troy Beaston

Troy Beaston

Troy is the General Manager and a second-generation operator of Eureka Concrete. Eureka has experience in the production of quality concrete to wind turbine projects for over five years. Each project creates work directly and indirectly to over 1000 people while construction build is in process.


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