Stan­well shocker may cost Rocky a load of power jobs

The Morning Bulletin - - STATE ELECTION -

IN­DE­PEN­DENT can­di­date for Rock­hamp­ton Mar­garet Strelow (right) says the power sta­tion at Stan­well needs ma­jor rein­vest­ment or an­other new sta­tion built nearby for the re­gion to keep jobs.

Ms Strelow’s call to re­build Stan­well comes as she sounds the alarm bells over what she says is a lack of a “solid” power plan for Queens­land be­yond 2045.

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.

The LNP yes­ter­day con­firmed Collinsville as its pre­ferred lo­ca­tion for a new power sta­tion be­cause of its prox­im­ity to ex­ist­ing coal mines and trans­mis­sion lines.

Ms Strelow said if Stan­well be­came ob­so­lete the re­gion not only loses jobs, but also ma­jor in­dus­try op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Stan­well power sta­tion is on pro­grammed ob­so­les­cence and will need re­plac­ing be­fore that date (2045),” Ms Strelow said.

“With­out sig­nif­i­cant rein­vest­ment or a new power sta­tion, prefer­ably one with bet­ter green cre­den­tials, our re­gion will not only lose jobs but we will lose the op­por­tu­nity for ma­jor in­dus­try nearby.

“We have wa­ter, power and a rail­way line. And lots of land around the power sta­tion.”

She said in the past there were bold plans for in­dus­try nes­tled in close to the power sta­tion, but that had all now “gone by the way­side”.

“Where is the gov­ern­ment with vi­sion, or the GOC with the funds to have a vi­sion of its own?” she asked

“I will be work­ing with whomever forms gov­ern­ment to quickly in­tro­duce changes to bring down power prices.”

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