The walk started at Senator Bridget McKenzie’s office and ended at Federal Member for Bendigo, Steve Gibbon’s office.
Walks for SOALRdarity were organised by the 100 per cent Renewable Energy campaign and supported in Bendigo by the Bendigo Sustainability Group.
The walk was timed to coincide with the end of a 300 kilometre walk from Port Augusta in South Australia to Adelaide where dozens of people had walked day and night to show their support for replacing two polluting power stations in Port Augusta with clean safe solar.
Greater Bendigo council candidate and environmentalist Karen Corr welcomed the walkers and spoke in support of repowering Port Augusta and ultimately Bendigo with renewable energy.
“Time and time again the people of Bendigo have shown they love solar,” she said.
Bendigo march organiser Colin Lambie said solar was taking off in Bendigo.
“But there’s so much more potential, and we need to be building big solar plants that can replace our coal power stations as well as solar on people’s roofs,” he said.
“In Port Augusta the local community is dealing with significant health impacts caused by two dirty polluting power stations on their doorstep.
“This is causing double the average cancer rates in the local town. But there is also a big opportunity to replace these coal plants with solar.
That’s why the people of Bendigo joined with hundreds of others to organize SOLARdarity walks around the country, in support of the people of Port Augusta and the South Australian walk. “
Mr Lambie said he wanted local politicians to get behind the plan to replace coal power stations.
“We delivered a letter calling on Steve Gibbons to support the building of Australia’s first solar thermal power station. It’s time we got on with it,” he said.