Job boost cre­ated in re­gion

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MORE than 500 jobs have been cre­ated af­ter the Western Downs Re­gional Coun­cil ap­proved two more so­lar farms in the re­gion this week.

Ew­er­leigh So­lar Park and Eden­vale So­lar Park, which are lo­cated on Ko­gan Con­damine Road, will pro­duce about 550 jobs through­out their con­struc­tion phases which are due to be­gin in 2020 to be op­er­a­tional by Fe­bru­ary 2021.

Coun­cil Mayor Paul McVeigh said the new so­lar farms would help boost the re­gion.

“Coun­cil is com­mit­ted to ex­pand­ing the en­ergy sec­tor of the Western Downs and clearly demon­strat­ing that we are open for busi­ness,” he said.

“With $4 bil­lion in­vested into so­lar farms in the last three years, we’ve es­tab­lished our place as lead­ers in the re­new­able en­ergy sec­tor in this state.”

Cr McVeigh said it was a pri­or­ity to strengthen eco­nomic growth in the re­gion.

“One of our big­gest pri­or­i­ties is to de­velop our com­mu­ni­ties and cre­at­ing over 500 jobs through these so­lar farms is a good step to­wards this,” he said.

These two projects bring the to­tal num­ber of ap­proved so­lar farms to 17 since De­cem­ber 2015 as the Western Downs con­tin­ues to ce­ment its place as the cen­tre for re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­tries in Queens­land.

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