The Central Queensland LNP team is generating momentum for a new low-emissions clean coal power station in our region.
This proven technology has the potential to create real and sustainable jobs for Central Queenslanders, while delivering lower power prices and reduced emissions.
Thanks to recent technological developments, coal-fired power stations can now be built using high efficiency, low emissions technology. These plants burn coal at higher temperatures under pressure, and are up to 50 per cent more efficient than traditional power stations. Recently, Japan announced its building 45 new clean coal plants. We believe it’s time we built one in our own backyard.
Australia is the world's largest exporter of clean coal, and most of that comes from Central Queensland.
Yet we haven’t taken advantage of clean coal technology for ourselves.
We don't even have a base-load power station north of Rockhampton. That means electricity prices in North Queensland are sometimes double the price in southern Queensland, because of the cost of transporting power. That’s despite a 2014 study by engineering firm GHD, showing a new coal-fired power station in the north could be commercially viable.
Dawson MP George Christensen is among those particularly advocating for a new power station in our region. He recently visited an ultra-super-critical power generator operated by Adani in India to see how reliable and affordable baseload power can be produced with significant reductions in emissions.
Central Queensland-based Senator Matt Canavan is also a big supporter of clean coal. As the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, he has announced that clean coal electricity projects are eligible to apply for funding under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan scheme.
Coal prices are going up, and we are fighting to make sure new mining projects go ahead.
Our best hope for a resurgence in coal jobs lies with the Adani Carmichael Mine in the Galilee Basin.
Adani recently announced the project was back on track, and could start as early mid-next year.
THE CENTRAL QUEENSLAND LNP TEAM IS FIGHTING TO SECURE A FIFO BASE IN ROCKHAMPTON, AND A RAIL+PORT HUB IN THE BOWEN/MACKAY REGION.
By backing Adani, we are supporting their pledge to create thousands of new jobs for Central Queenslanders.
But Labor and the Greens are not supporting this mine, and have not lifted a finger to stop frivolous and petty lawsuits aimed at delaying the project.
We are taking action to stop inner-city activists holding Central Queensland to ransom by launching petty lawsuits aimed at delaying the mine.