Greener power along Reef under Palaszczuk plan
ISLANDS on the Great Barrier Reef would be given funds to cut their emissions and become more sustainable in a $1.73 million ALP plan.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said investment in the islands was vital given they contributed $6 billion in state tourism and supported more than 60,000 jobs.
“The isolated nature of these island communities means the companies that own them have typically sourced their electricity from diesel generators,” she said.
“If re-elected, we will provide $1.73 in funding to assist these islands to develop business cases for solar, wind and gas generation.
“They will also be able to access government expertise to determine the right mix of energy for their particular situation.”
She said some islands may also be able to access the $25 million Reef Resort Rejuvenation Fund.
“That contestable infrastructure fund, open to owners and operators, will assist in the delivery of cleaner, greener quality resorts on our reef islands,” she said.
“The fund will prioritise projects focused on greening, and cleaning – because we want tourists and visitors to come to our resorts, have a wonderful holiday and enjoy the iconic Great Barrier Reef island experience.”