From the Pre­mier

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

I IN­VITED may­ors from central and North Queens­land to join me in In­dia be­cause we have a shared fo­cus on new lo­cal jobs and ex­tra in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment for Queens­lan­ders.

I wel­come the de­ci­sion of the Whit­sun­day Regional Coun­cil (Whit­sun­day Times, March 16) to make the in­vest­ment in their mayor An­drew Will­cox trav­el­ling to In­dia for the meet­ings.

I con­grat­u­late the mayor and

his coun­cil – and the other seven may­ors and their coun­cils – for want­ing to work with me to max­imise em­ploy­ment and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for regional Queens­land from Adani’s $21 bil­lion Carmichael Coal mine-rail-port project.

My gov­ern­ment has worked with Adani to en­sure the project went through a rig­or­ous and com­pre­hen­sive as­sess­ment process for the mine, rail and port de­vel­op­ment.

We promised the peo­ple of Queens­land, at the last elec­tion, that we would pro­tect the Great Bar­rier Reef and Ca­ley Val­ley wet­lands.

We have de­liv­ered our com­mit­ments and now we look

for­ward to the thou­sands of new jobs – di­rect and in­di­rect – to be de­liv­ered from the Carmichael Coal project.

Adani is also propos­ing to es­tab­lish a $200 mil­lion large-scale so­lar project near Mo­ran­bah.

My gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined that Queens­land will be Aus­tralia’s en­ergy state. Af­ter all, we are an en­ergy ex­porter – we send elec­tric­ity in­ter­state and we ex­port ther­mal coal and LNG to over­seas part­ners.

We are de­ter­mined to de­velop our en­ergy re­sources, such as the Carmichael Coal project, con­tin­ued ex­plo­ration and de­vel­op­ment of our gas re­serves and ex­pan­sion of re­new­able en­ergy from the

rooftops of our homes to large-scale projects across regional Queens­land.

Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel, in his study for the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, and an ear­lier study by the Queens­land Com­pe­ti­tion Au­thor­ity have pointed to the clo­sure of pri­va­tised coal-fired power sta­tions in the Vic­to­ria and South Aus­tralia as con­tribut­ing to higher elec­tric­ity prices and lower re­li­a­bil­ity.

My gov­ern­ment re­versed our pre­de­ces­sors’ plan to pri­va­tise our elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tors and net­works.

The de­vel­op­ment of re­new­ables in Queens­land is con­sis­tent with our de­ter­mi­na­tion for the strong­est

pos­si­ble en­ergy mix that in­cludes coal and gas.

In regional Queens­land, there is now a pipe­line of more than $2 bil­lion in re­new­able en­ergy projects un­der de­vel­op­ment with the prom­ise of more than 1900 jobs in cen­tres, such as Lon­greach, Oakey, Kin­garoy and Collinsville. — An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk Pre­mier of Queens­land

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