By Keith Thomas
Here’s a ponder point … the Adani coal project in the Isaac Council region of Nth Queensland garners a lot of media attention … and said project promises, with hand on their heart, that about 1000 lucky people will pick up the job of their dreams … well, all of that remains to be seen.
Yet … what does not garner any sort of reasonable media attention is what that little Council is quietly doing in the background. Along with the Qld State Labor Government they’ve recently approved one of Australia’s largest wind farms for their region, which will create 350 medium term jobs, and they’ve also approved 10 solar farm projects.
So … one single wind renewable project in that region creates, all by itself, 350 jobs. That number will fritter down once the construction phase has finished. But, there are 10 more solar projects approved and one more under consideration for the region. And we are talking about just one small Council in Nth Qld.
By the bye … the binary us and them divide needs to end here in Qld. No Renewables Supporter that I know wishes coal miners and their families any harm as they navigate their way around, through, and perhaps eventually out of, an industry in transition. The employees of our now defunct car factories know what that sort of thing is all about.
However, we all know where this is heading, and what questions are begging to be asked.
If one single renewables project offers up the prospect of approximately one third of the total number of hand on heart jobs promised by Adani, how many jobs will eleven renewables projects offer up for that region, and, therefore, why are all the Politicos falling over themselves backwards to simply please Adani?
Also, how come in the lead up to the recent federal election which was supposedly all about jobs and when votes were being vied for in Queensland, that last question was not plastered across the front page of every media outlet each and every single day?
There’s a long list of entities, including the Great Barrier Reef, who’d love to know the answer to those questions.
The future is writ large … sustainable installation and maintenance jobs for Central and North Queensland are in renewables.
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