COAL STA­TION PLAN FIRES UP UN­DER LNP

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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.

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