Senate debates

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Questions without Notice

Energy

2:20 pm

Photo of Fiona NashFiona Nash (NSW, National Party, Deputy Leader of the Nationals) Share this | Hansard source

Supercharging the Snowy Hydro project will mean that households and businesses, including many in regional Victoria and New South Wales, will be able to better access affordable and reliable electricity, which is what they are crying out for. The agriculture and food manufacturing sectors will benefit greatly from the cheaper and more secure power that pumped hydro can deliver. Businesses large and small will be better placed to invest with confidence—and we know how important that is—hire more staff with confidence and operate with more confidence. The construction of this project, which will be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, will create thousands of construction and engineering jobs. The expansion will see communities benefit beyond New South Wales and Victoria. While currently the Snowy Hydro already backups energy to New South Wales and Victoria, once expanded Snowy Hydro 2.0 will also be capable of supplying South Australia, if needed.

Comments

Tibor Majlath
Posted on 1 Apr 2017 5:17 pm (Report this comment)

How long has this been developing in Coalition ranks? How far along is the design and the appropriation of funds? Is it just a thought bubble?

Just who will pay for the supercharging of the Snowy Hydro project? How much will it cost? How long will such a massive project take - 10 years before any results?

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