COAL STATION PLAN FIRES UP UNDER LNP
A NEW coal-fired power station would be built in the North Queensland mining community of Collinsville under a Liberal National Party state government, the party has pledged.
LNP deputy leader Deb Frecklington confirmed Collinsville would be the preferred location for the new power station because it was near existing coal mines and transmission lines as well as demand centres, including Townsville and Mackay.
Queensland’s energy future has been a key flashpoint in the election campaign, with Labor promising to continue pursuing renewable energy while scotching the idea of new coal-fired power stations.
Collinsville is in the LNP-held electorate of Burdekin, which became a notionally Labor seat following the recent redistribution of electorate boundaries.
A Courier-Mail/Galaxy poll at the weekend put the LNP ahead of Labor 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.
Ms Frecklington said Labor had ruled out a new low emissions power station despite a secret report commissioned by the Department of Energy and Water finding it would create hundreds of jobs.