Former Tasmanian Premier joins Countrywide Board

Head and shoulders shot of the former Tasmanian Premier The Hon. Peter Gutwein (countrywide)
Former Tasmanian Premier The Hon. Peter Gutwein has joined the Countrywide Hydrogen Board

Former Tasmanian Premier The Hon. Peter Gutwein has been appointed to Countrywide Hydrogen’s Board of Directors.

Gutwein’s role will include assisting with commercial negotiations, advising on the processes for obtaining regulatory approvals and authorisations, and assessing the strategic, financial and commercial implications of the current and future green hydrogen projects.

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Gutwein had a 20-year parliamentary career in Tasmania during which he was a member of the State Cabinet for eight years as Treasurer, with the last two years as State Premier and Minister for Climate Change and Minister for Tourism. Prior to entering the Tasmanian Parliament, Gutwein worked as a senior manager in the financial services sector. 

He has significant and unique experience as one of the eight state and territory leaders who led their respective jurisdictions during the height of the health and economic crisis presented by COVID-19. During his tenure as Premier, Gutwein oversaw Tasmania advancing its position in respect of further development of renewable energy, as well as introducing legislation for a net zero emissions target by 2030. 

“I am very pleased to take up the opportunity with the Countrywide board to help progress their green hydrogen projects both in the north and the south of the state,” Gutwein said in a statement.

“Green hydrogen as a fuel for domestic supply will assist with the transition to lower emissions for the heavy transport sector and help lower Tasmania’s emissions profile making the state an even more attractive for investment and the creation of jobs.” 

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Countrywide managing director Geoffrey Drucker said, “The former Tasmanian Premier joining our team is testament to our company’s vision and values. Peter understands that our projects in Tasmania with their focus on domestic supply are very credible and potentially deliverable. Our projects align with his vision to help Tasmania achieve net zero emissions—targets he introduced while Premier.”

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