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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Turnbull's renewed renewables energy interest welcomed, but he must stick to it

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

    Sunday, March 05, 2017

    Turnbull's renewed renewables energy interest welcomed, but he must stick to it

    I welcome Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's visit to inspect a major solar farm near Barcaldine in the State's central west today.

    I am pleased that my Government, through the publicly owned Ergon, was able to partner with the proponents for the 25MW solar farm. 

    The fact is my Government has been working with communities, proponents and investors in large-scale renewable energy projects, because they help diversify our energy mix, provide greater energy security and generate new jobs in regional Queensland.

    To date, we have an estimated project pipeline if $2 billion and the promise of more than 1900 jobs during construction.  The Barcaldine solar farm cost approximately $70 million and created up to 175 construction jobs.

    The nature of large-scale renewable project is they are built in regional areas.

    On Thursday last week, the Government announced progress on four projects with a combined investment of more than $700 million in Oakey, Kingaroy, Collinsville and Longreach.

    I hope from now, the Prime Minister will ensure Members of his Government to back off on their anti-renewable rants.

    The comments from Turnbull Government spokespeople on renewables - uninformed at best and dishonest at worst - only serve to undermine efforts to attract overseas and interstate investment in renewable energy projects and jobs in Queensland.