Dawson MP George Christensen.
Dawson MP George Christensen.

Collinsville coal result a ‘win for regional Queensland’

LABOR and the Greens’ attempt to block funding for the Collinsville coal-fired power station has demonstrated their position on local jobs, Dawson MP George Christensen says.

Last night, Labor’s disallowance motion to stop funding for the project’s feasibility study failed.

The Senate voted in favour of providing $3.3 million to complete a feasibility study.

Mr Christensen said the party’s attempt to halt money flowing to the project did not show support for local jobs and the coal industry.

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“The Morrison Liberal National Government promised funding at the last election for the Collinsville clean coal-fired power station, and Labor, with the backing of the Greens, tried to block that in the Senate,” he said.

“They failed, and the funding will now flow through to Shine Energy so they can get on with the job of assessing the feasibility of this plan to provide cheaper energy and more jobs in the North.”

Further funding has been awarded to Collinsville Power Station's proposed 1GW HELE project.
Further funding has been awarded to Collinsville Power Station's proposed 1GW HELE project.

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry said the outcome was a “win for regional Queensland”.

“The Labor and Greens alliance in the Senate voted against lower power costs in North Queensland, against jobs in the resources industry and against coal, but fortunately, common sense prevailed,” Ms Landry said.

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But Queensland Labor Senator Murray Watt described the project as a “waste of money”.

“I don’t really see why, at a time when money is so tight, we would be wanting to see taxpayers’ funds spent on things that are never going to happen,” Mr Watt said last week.

“There’s all sorts of people around regional Queensland who need support right now from the Federal Government.”

The unsuccessful disallowance motion clears the path for Shine Energy to continue work on the feasibility study for the proposed 1GW HELE coal-fired power station in Collinsville.

The project is expected to create 2000 jobs during construction and 600 operational jobs.