Greg Barber MLC is one of the elected Greens in the Upper House of Victorian State Parliament and he represents the Northern Metropolitan Region. Find out more at Greg's About page

Latest data shows Solar booming in Victoria this year

Solar is still growing fast in Victoria despite cutbacks to government support, the Greens say. The latest data just released* shows solar installations are booming in the first two months of 2014.
Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber said: "Despite the federal and state government cutting back support for solar in December 2012, solar boomed in 2013 and has showed no sign of slowing in the first part of this year."
"Another 2,352 homes and businesses went solar in January and 2,476 in February. That's about 9 or 10 megawatts being added every month. People who install solar cut their own power bills, but they help keep everyone's bill lower by taking pressure off the power grid." 

Greens will help Victorians bank on solar

Australian Greens leader Christine Milne joined Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber on the campaign trail today, announcing an initiative to help Victoria achieve its 5% solar energy target.

The Victorian Solar Bank would work much like the federal Clean Energy Finance Corporation, providing funds to invest in solar and clean technology around the state. 

Greens pitch to rising solar voter base

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber today said that if the one in ten Victorian households with solar panels changed their vote on the basis of support for solar energy, this could affect the outcome of the Victorian election.
Mr Barber announced election initiatives to pitch to the solar vote in his speech to open the Solar Energy Industries Association conference in Ballarat and released data on the growing number of solar households in each Victorian electorate.
"There are over 207,000 households in Victoria with solar PV and the Greens are the only party that stands behind them," said Greg Barber MLC
"Regional and suburban electorates are leading the way, installing solar panels to cut the cost of electricity today, which cuts pollution in the long run. 

Speech to Eastern Transport Coalition


Speech to the Eastern Transport Coalition, 9 April 2014

Fifty years ago, Melbourne was a world class public transport city. For as long as I can remember, there has always been a movement to take it back in that direction.

Hoarded growth areas taxes should be spent on bus services

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has pledged to spend taxes collected from growth area development on better bus services for outer suburbs.
"Money collected by the state government from growth areas development taxes is being hoarded rather than spent. There's a desperate need for buses that take people to the train station, because the car parks are full," said Greg Barber 

Water Amendment (Water Trading) Bill 2014


Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- In brief summary, the purpose of this legislation is to give effect to some of Victoria's commitments regarding water trading under the Murray Darling Basin plan. Like The Nationals, the Greens have some reservations about water trading and a market mechanism to achieve either the environmental or economic outcomes. It depends very much on whether you are in opposition or government at the time.

The bill also provides for the Victorian Environmental Water Holder (VEWH) using water trading to achieve its aims. I hope this bill is not affecting its statutory duties and objectives.