Agriculture and tourism are some of the industries hardest hit by the pandemic, according to Climate Council researcher Ella Weisbrot.
The Clean Jobs Plan by the Climate Council and economic advisory firm AlphaBeta, claims thousands of Australian jobs could be created through clean energy and environmental policies.
"The plan is specifically targeted for regions like the Central West already suffering from prolonged drought and other extreme weather events like climate change," she said.
"This is a fantastic opportunity for regional areas to get people back into work quickly, maximise private sector investment, reboot the economy and tackle long term problems like climate change at the same time."
Ms Weisbrot said one in three of the job openings will require less than 12 months of retraining.
"This means people who have lost their job can be rapidly re-employed through this program in a range of the different policy options," she said.
"Training will be provided but each initiative has different requirements but these are all jobs that people can be employed quickly."
The reports identifies over 5,000 jobs in NSW can be created in the renewable industries sector within three years.
The 12 policy opportunities that aim to deliver 76,000 jobs nationwide include utility-scale renewable energy, community-scale grid systems, green hydrogen, research, ecosystem restoration, organic waste management, urban and peri-urban gardens, education and training, public and active transport, retrofitting of public buildings, retrofitting of residential buildings and electric vehicle charging network.
"The NSW government has identified the Central West as a high potential region for renewable energy through the Central-West Orana Renewable Energy Zone," Ms Weisbrot said.
"In terms of the renewable energy policy, the renewable energy zone is set to start construction in 2022.
"The plan win-win solution because it's about creating jobs and and creating benefits in communities such as lowering electricity bills and creating homes that are warmer and cooler."
Futuring Orange representative Dr Simon Wright, who attended the Clean Jobs Plan's launch in Robertson Park on Tuesday, said the will be able to boost the local economy, reduce climate change and address the issues head-on for long term solutions in the region.
"This plan is really killing two birds with one stone for us by creating local long term jobs in the region based around renewable energy," he said.
"Futuring Orange strongly supports the Climate Council's research and is very excited to see this local economic stimulus that really addresses both employment and climate change."
"We know we need to accelerate our transition to renewable energy and the government can certainly tell the market that Australia is open for business and willing to accelerate to solar and wind."
Dr Wright added renewable energy is the lowest cost option for new energy bills in Australia.
"There are plenty of opportunities in Orange as we have substantial energy sources of solar and wind and there is plenty of private sector interest in investing in these schemes," he said.
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