MEDIA RELEASE for immediate release: 21 April 2017
Peak state environment group the Queensland Conservation Council and regional member group Gladstone Conservation Council have both strongly welcomed the prospect of a massive renewables hub for Gladstone, a town currently powered by coal.
The Queensland government has called for expressions of interest in developing land previously earmarked for the Aldoga steel project, which never took off, for a 450MW large-scale renewable energy power generator and hub.
The current coal-fired power station in Gladstone is nearing the end of its operation life, and just this week the Queensland Conservation Council and Gladstone Conservation Council raised concerns with the Minister for Environment and with officials from the Department of Energy and Water Supply about how Gladstone could be transitioned away from fossil fuel based power.
“This is a really fantastic proposal, and we need to see all the stops pulled out to make it happen”, said head of the Queensland Conservation Council, Dr Tim Seelig.
“The announcement of government’s intent to see the Aldoga site used for massive renewable energy development is a great example of leadership and vision on renewables in Queensland
“Gladstone will be facing some big questions about its local power supply in the coming years, and what we need is more renewable energy and less coal and gas based power.
“We urge the Economic Development Queensland agency to back a large-scale solar project on the site as the most appropriate for the previously cleared 1,248 hectare site near Gladstone.
“Gladstone has actually not been benefitted substantially long term from past investment in coal and gas investment, and it’s time for them to start making way for cleaner, safer forms of energy which are environmentally responsible and don’t add to global warming.”
“We hope to see many more projects focusing on economic and social transitions in the state as we respond to the impacts of future threats of climate change.”
“This is a great concept, and we look forward to investors or the government itself pushing this project forward”, said Anna Hitchcock from the Gladstone Conservation Council.
“We would hope and expect that this project in time will create many employment opportunities through construction jobs, operational and maintenance jobs and associated benefits for the local economy and local people.”
For further information or comment contact:
Queensland Conservation Council Coordinator Dr Tim Seelig on 0439 201 183