Sep 01, 2020

Bid to block Collinsville power study funding fails

Bid to block Collinsville power study funding fails

A motion in the Senate to block funding for the feasibility study for a 1GW High Efficiency, Low Emission (HELE) coal-fired power station in Collinsville has failed.

Federal Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the Labor and Greens alliance in the Senate had failed to win enough support for a disallowance motion for the legislative instrument to provide $3.3 million in funding to complete a feasibility study.

She described the failure of the disallowance motion 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,” she said.

Power station proponents Shine Energy can now continue working on the feasibility study.

The proposed coal-fired power project is expected to create 2000 jobs during construction and 600 operational jobs.

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