Downs energy on track: Providing jobs for many Queenslanders

ENERGY BOOM: The boilerhouse of Kogan Creek Power Station.


AS THE discussion about the future of the state and country’s energy heats up, the Western Downs is looking strong as a future energy provider.

Western Downs Mayor Paul McVeigh said the region was already providing power on “all fronts”, including coal, gas, and renewables like solar and wind farms.

“If you looked at a region that is really delivering, it certainly is the Western Downs region,” he said.

“We’re embracing all types of power generation.”

With summer just around the corner, Federal Member for Maranoa David Littleproud called for the expansion of the Kogan Creek power station, outside Chinchilla.

Mr Littleproud said as the most efficient and cleanest coal-fired power station in the country, the station has the capacity to be expanded.

“I’ve been calling on that for some time,” Mr Littleproud said.

He said it would create more jobs in the region.

“Not only during the construction but also in terms of increased numbers that would have to work in the power station and the mine,” he said.

Minister for Energy Mark Bailey disagreed, stating while existing coal-fired infrastructure would still play an important role in the future, the latest technology was vital for ongoing energy production.

“Renewable energy is now much more viable,” Mr Bailey said. He said the renewables sector also had the potential to create jobs through the state.

“We’re going to see wave after wave of renewables projects,” he said.

“Providing jobs for many Queenslanders.”

Cr McVeigh said he would be happy to see the Kogan Creek station expanded but said increased renewables projects would also be beneficial for the region.

“We’re supporting both the federal and state focus on renewable energies in combination with our baseload power stations and our gas-fired power stations,” Cr McVeigh said.

“We have the connectivity and the resources to be able to support all forms of energy production.”

This article was originally written for Chinchilla News and can be read here.


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