The Palaszczuk Labor Government must spend the $100million earmarked for the Burdekin Falls hydro proposal in North Queensland if the troubled project fails to proceed, the LNP said today.
Shadow Minister for North Queensland Dale Last said the funds should be used to support renewable energy in the Townsville area and not spent on pet Labor projects elsewhere.
“The Burdekin Falls hydro project is almost a year behind schedule and it’s looking like Labor will cancel the whole thing,” Mr Last said.
“This project was a Labor election promise to the people of North Queensland and it would be outrageous for Annastacia Palaszczuk to take the money elsewhere.
“Labor is all talk and no action when it comes to hydro power.
“The LNP will fight to keep every cent of the $100m in North Queensland if Annastacia Palaszczuk breaks her promise to voters.”
The Palaszczuk Labor Government has shifted responsibility for the proposed hydroelectric power station to its new government-owned corporation, CleanCo, but not one dollar was allocated to the project in this year’s Budget forward estimates (see excerpt below).
Budget papers also flagged that the $100m would be spent elsewhere if the project doesn’t proceed.
The business case for the hydro project, which was due to be completed by the end of last year, has yet to be seen – despite Annastacia Palaszczuk first announcing the project in April 2017.*
LNP Shadow Energy Minister Michael Hart said the hydro project was going nowhere under Labor.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk didn’t give the Carmichael mine a fair go and she’s not giving this hydro plan a fair go either,” Mr Hart said.
“The Palaszczuk Labor Government is anti-dams, anti-regions and anti-jobs.”