Aurora chairman retires after 13 years at helm

Aurora Energy chairman John Hasker recently retired from the board of Aurora Energy after 13 successful years at the helm of Tasmania’s largest state-owned company.

Energy Minister Bryan Green MHA thanked Mr Hasker for his contribution to Tasmania since he was appointed inaugural chairman of Aurora Energy in 1998.

“John’s experience and guidance was highly valued through the disaggregation of the electricity sector in Tasmania, as we negotiated the state’s entry into the National Energy Market and in the delivery of the Aurora Energy Tamar Valley power station, which provides energy security in times of drought,’’ Mr Green said.

“We thank John for the strategic direction he provided over these 13 years, and the relationships he built within the industry and on all sides of politics are testament to his professionalism and integrity.

“John leaves the industry at a time of further impending change as we await the advice of the electricity supply industry expert panel on the future of the sector in Tasmania, but he has been a key part in ensuring the safety, security and reliability of our electricity supply system that we often take for granted.’’

Mr Hasker said the support of shareholder ministers had been vital to the company’s stability over the years.

“The electricity supply that underpins the prosperity of Tasmania today is in no small part due to the strong support of shareholder ministers through successive governments, including the current premier and energy minister, who have an excellent understanding of the complexities and challenges of the industry,” Mr Hasker said.

“In many respects, Tasmania’s electricity system is unrecognisable to that which existed before 1998, but I am certain it is in better shape to cope with the challenges to come over coming decades.”