Federal government needs to step up to support North Queensland manufacturing
Solar Citizens has today called on the Morrison Government to invest in vital infrastructure in North Queensland that will enable low carbon manufacturers to set up locally, as part of their commitment to developing manufacturing in Australia.
“Right now several companies are looking to establish manufacturing and processing plants around Townsville to supply critical materials and help the world transition to a low-carbon future. Industry is moving however the Morrison Government is yet to deliver funding for key local infrastructure,” said Solar Citizens’ National Director, Ellen Roberts.
“Townsville can be a renewable energy industry and hydrogen powerhouse. North Queensland has a rich supply of minerals needed for the global transition and some of the world’s best solar resources.
“The local council is establishing a cutting-edge eco-industrial hub that will largely be powered with cheap solar energy, but the Federal Government is yet to come to the table with funding.
“If we want more manufacturers to set up shop in strategic North Queensland then the government needs to work with local councils and the state government to rollout key infrastructure, like renewable energy zones that will provide low-cost energy.
“Here in Australia, we’re blessed with incredible solar and wind energy resources. We should be harnessing this for abundant affordable electricity for new industries.”
For comment call Ellen Roberts on 0408 583 694.