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Counting down the days to closure
Latrobe City Council is counting down the days until the closure of the Hazelwood Power Station at the end of March 2017.
By Portal Admin - 6th February 2017 - Back to NewsMayor, Cr Kellie O’Callaghan said that the countdown is a daily reminder to the State and Federal Governments that their time to make something substantial happen is slowly slipping away.
"The State Government has established a stand-alone single focus Authority to drive and respond to the social and economic structural change occurring in Latrobe City.
"Through this mechanism they’ve clearly said to our community 'it’s our job, we’ll take care of you'.
"Council’s role is to hold them to account. Council’s role is to advocate, communicate, represent and defend the view of the community and we have been doing this at our regular meetings with the Latrobe Valley Authority.
"While we understand considerable efforts are underway, we remain focused on securing a substantial announcement in the next 53 days," Cr O’Callaghan said.
"Council and the community are understandably anxious that there has been no big job creation announcement since the announcement of the Hazelwood closure last year.
"Council has provided three opportunities for this – which if announced together would make a significant and meaningful difference to our community: government department regionalisation, funding the full masterplan of Latrobe Regional Hospital and a significant investment in rail services and rail infrastructure.
"Recent discussions regarding a High Efficiency Low Emissions power generator have been broadly welcomed by a community determined to rise to the opportunity to demonstrate how our substantial brown coal resource could be used effectively in a carbon-constrained environment.
"We welcomed the announcement by the Prime Minister last week and encourage him and his parliamentary colleagues to continue to find opportunities to plan, fund and develop such technology.
"We assure him that the Latrobe Valley power generation sector is ready to be at the forefront of this innovation push," Cr O’Callaghan concluded.
Cr Kellie O’Callaghan, Latrobe City Mayor
Telephone: 0400 696 324
Cr Graeme Middlemiss, Latrobe City Deputy Mayor
Telephone: 0417 379 059
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