Plan for coal-fired power station in North Queensland

A proposed $2 billion Indigenous-led coal-fired power station in Collinsville in North Queensland — developed by Brisbane-based Indigenous company Shine Energy and headed by traditional Biri man Ashley Dodd — is set to revive one of the country’s oldest coal towns.

ABC News is reporting If the project is given the go-ahead, about 2,000 jobs would be created during the construction phase and 600 once operations begin, with a focus on Indigenous employment.

The potential employment boost would be welcomed by the locals who say the community is dying after a 50 per cent decline in the population over the past decade.

However, some locals fear the project is just “a drawing on a wall” and will experience the same lengthy delays as the Galilee Basin’s Adani project.

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