Gas Free Hunter Alliance calls for future focused jobs, after ALP announce support of Kurri Kurri gas plant

Gas Free Hunter Alliance

In response to this morning’s Labor Party announcement of support for the Kurri Kurri gas plant, green hydrogen and renewable energy, the Gas Free Hunter Alliance said:

Gas Free Hunter Alliance co-coordinator Fiona Lee said: “While we welcome Labor’s commitment to renewables and providing future focussed jobs in the Hunter, the Gas Free Hunter Alliance believes not a single cent of public money should be spent subsidising a new fossil fuel project in Kurri Kurri. Any power station that burns more fossil fuels like gas is just worsening climate change,” Ms Lee said. “You don’t get to transition away from fossil fuels by spending more money on them. We want to see the $600 million or more of public money spent supporting and retraining workers, not a dirty gas plant that will need expensive upgrades in a few short years.”
Kurri Kurri local Lynn Benn said:
“Locally, we desperately need long term sustainable employment. The 10-20 ongoing jobs on offer at the Kurri Kurri gas plant are a drop in the ocean compared to the investment involved,” Ms Benn said. “People of the Hunter rely on fossil fuels and need retraining and support to rapidly transition away from these now insecure jobs. $600 million or more would be better spent on future focused jobs.”
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