Yarrabah Microgrid: creating enduring social value through infrastructure | QLD

Yarrabah Aboriginal Shire Council, Energy Connect, Planz Town Planning and Transmobility Consulting

In the face of the looming social and environmental consequences of climate change and the urgent need to mitigate the worst impacts, the Yarrabah microgrid project has community wellbeing and sustainability at its core. This project seeks to ensure energy efficiency and security for one of Australia’s most disadvantaged communities.

The judging panel was impressed at how the project addresses community wellbeing through an energy project; from reducing energy cost, to ensuring council financial sustainability, as well as upgrading homes and providing employment opportunities, the microgrid project is integral to a more prosperous Yarrabah. This project is a great example of regional development with people’s wellbeing and sense of place being the ‘why’.

The Yarrabah Microgrid project is to be commended for addressing community wellbeing in very wholistic way that looks to the future.