A NEW coal-fired power station will be built in the north Queensland mining community of Collinsville under a Liberal National Party state government, the party will pledge today.
LNP deputy leader Deb Frecklington last night confirmed Collinsville would be the preferred location for the new power station because it was near existing coal mines and transmission lines as well as demand centres, including Townsville and Mackay.
Queensland’s energy future has been a key flashpoint in the election campaign, with Labor promising to continue pursuing renewable energy while scotching the idea of new coal-fired power stations.
Collinsville is in the LNP-held electorate of Burdekin, which became a notionally Labor seat following the recent redistribution of electorate boundaries.
A Courier-Mail/Galaxy poll on the weekend put the LNP ahead of Labor 51 per cent to 49 per cent on a two-party preferred basis.