Charlie Prell

Charlie Prell is a fourth generation family farmer from Crookwell in NSW. He has managed the family farm for over 30 years, focusing on breeding sheep. He was a councilor on the inaugural Upper Lachlan Shire Council from 2004 to 2008. He was a director on the Goulburn Rural Lands Protection Board from 1996 to 2006, chair of the Board for three years (2002-2004). He is one of three farmers under the proposed Crookwell 2 wind farm. He has had 15 years of experience in renewables, focusing on wind farms. He is a strong public advocate for the benefits wind farms can bring to small rural communities. He is an advocate for an inclusive “benefit sharing” model for wind farm developments rather than the current development model most frequently used in Australia. He was instrumental in the formation of the group known as the Regional Renewables Alliance (RRA). The threat of climate change is a very important issue for him. He has been a strong voice for action on climate change in rural Australia for many years. In July 2014 he accepted a position as a regional organiser with the Australian Wind Alliance, and continues in this part time position today. He has worked on the steering committee for Farmers for Climate Action as co-chair for the past two years.