Mayor calls for energy stability
SOUTH Burnett Regional Council mayor Keith Campbell has called on the Federal and State Governments to provide certainty in the energy sector.
"Businesses and homeowners in our region don't have an appetite for the cost of electricity rising,” CrCampbell said.
"We need stability in prices and reliability, but we're seeing the prices of electricity going the other way.
"The governments need to sort themselves out and get the issue out of the arena of politics and back into the hands of those who can make a difference in the costing of electricity.”
He said local businesses needed to have reliable and cost-effective energy going forward to be able to sustain their long-term viability.
Cr Campbell passed on that message to politicians and industry experts at the National Energy Summit in Toowoomba last week.
"The principal requirement of the summit was to try and get a level of understanding as to how each side of politics is approaching this issue of renewable energy, in combination with coal-fired power,” he said.
"I spoke about the economic development in our region, how important Stanwell is to us in the region and how important it is going to be to have the AGL wind farm in our region, because of the economic contribution it will make.
"I indicated we as the South Burnett region are more than happy to welcome any renewable energy operations who wish to come to our area and discuss setting up here.”
A spokesperson for AGL said they were still in the development stage of the Coopers Gap wind farm project, which they received the permit for at the end of May.