Local businesspeople, council representatives and other community leaders were invited “behind the fence” at the Meandu coal mine this morning to hear an update on operations by Stanwell representatives.
The union movement has reacted angrily to today’s State Government announcement that it will “investigate” selling off Stanwell Corporation, CS Energy, QIC, the Port of Gladstone and the Port of Townsville.
A community forum held at Kingaroy’s Senior Citizens Centre last night attracted an audience of about 25 people concerned about the possible privatisation of the State’s electricity industry.
State Government has announced it will investigate selling Stanwell, operators of the Tarong power stations
South Burnett businesses have been invited to look at contracting opportunities which may be opening at Stanwell’s Tarong power stations and Meandu mine.
A three-year trial of remotely controlled, driverless coal trucks will begin at Stanwell’s Meandu Mine on April 29.
Energy Minister Mark McArdle said today the Electrical Trades Union was running “a dishonest campaign” on asset sales “using its members’ hard-earned funds for purely political purposes”.
The Electrical Trades Union is hoping to “light the fuse” to spark a community backlash against any State Government plans to privatise electricity assets in Queensland.
Stanwell is calling for applications for the latest round of funding under the Tarong Community Partnership Fund.
Queenslanders – including LNP voters – oppose proposals to sell off State assets, a poll released today by the Services Union shows.
Apprentice diesel fitters studying at the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE’s Kingaroy campus will be able to get their hands dirty on the real deal after a donation of two large diesel motors to the college.
The cancellation of Wine and Food in the Park didn’t put a dampener on the Meandu Mine reunion
The chances of Tarong Power Station’s two mothballed power generating units being restarted within the next few years looked more promising today after the State Government ruled out building any new coal-fired power stations in the next 10 years.
The Tarong Power stations could face further cutbacks following confirmation of a major review at Stanwell
The Electrical Trades Union has accused the State Government of privatisation by stealth and claims a “major restructure” at Stanwell is part of the process.
The State Government has accused unions of impeding reforms that would lower electricity prices to consumers and urged them to stop campaigning against “hypothetical” asset sales.
Unions have reacted with anger to recommendations that Queensland’s publicly owned energy assets – including Stanwell, Ergon Energy and Powerlink – be sold off to help restore the State’s AAA credit rating.
The electricity market mightn’t be the strongest at the moment but that hasn’t stopped Tarong Power Station continuing to plan for the future, with five new apprentices and one trainee starting work this week.
A mysterious egg discovered at Meandu Mine last October will finally unveil its secrets at tomorrow’s Nanango Markets.
Tarong Power Station site manager Dennis Franklin is full of praise for his employees during the floods crisis.