Greener power along Reef un­der Palaszczuk plan

The Cairns Post - - NEWS - GRACE MA­SON­

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.”

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