SO­LAR FARM JOBS ARE STILL COM­ING

TEE BAR PROJECT HAS BEEN DE­LAYED, BUT IT'S STILL IN THE PIPE­LINE

Fraser Coast Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - Car­lie Walker car­lie.walker@ fraser­coastchron­i­cle.com.au

IT’S BEEN de­layed, but the Tee­bar Clean En­ergy project is def­i­nitely go­ing ahead and will bring jobs to the re­gion.

Di­rec­tor Greg McGarvie said the project was wait­ing on an op­er­a­tional works per­mit from coun­cil, but it was ex­pected that be­tween 60 to 80 peo­ple would be hired to work at the so­lar farm later this year.

Mr McGarvie said it was likely the project would be con­nected and putting elec­tric­ity into the grid by June next year.

“There is quite a bit of earth­works al­ready done,” he said.

He said the project was work­ing closely with the coun­cil to get the next step un­der way.

“The coun­cil has been try­ing to help out,” Mr McGarvie said.

He said it would be great when the first stage of the project, which is worth $80 mil­lion, was com­pleted.

“When it’s com­pleted we’ll sit out there on a cou­ple of deck chairs. We’ll sit out there and say ‘we did this’,” Mr McGarvie said.

“It’s just a shame that we’ve had to de­lay things.”

He said when the project was fin­ished, the pan­els would look like a lake, with about 212,000 so­lar pan­els cov­er­ing 96 hectares.

The so­lar pan­els will gen­er­ate enough elec­tric­ity to power be­tween 10,000 and 15,000 houses.

“Coun­cil is await­ing the out­come of re­quests for in­for­ma­tion from the ap­pli­cant and other agen­cies as it pro­cesses ap­pli­ca­tions for the project,” a state­ment from the Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil said.

In­for­ma­tion ses­sions were held in Mary­bor­ough ear­lier this year to in­form the public about job op­por­tu­ni­ties at the so­lar farm.

Mem­ber for Mary­bor­ough Bruce Saun­ders has also ex­pressed his sup­port for the project, say­ing it would bring jobs to the re­gion.

❝ Coun­cil is await­ing the out­come of re­quests for in­for­ma­tion from the ap­pli­cant and other agen­cises as it pro­cesses ap­pli­ca­tions for the project.

— Fraser Coast Re­gional Coun­cil

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