 Labor welcomes jobs for locals and economic flow-on for regions
 Liberal Government should have moved more quickly to get agreement
Local businesses in the Central Highlands extending to the Southern Midlands and Derwent Valley are the winners in today’s long-awaited announcement that the Cattle Hill Wind Farm will finally get underway.
Shadow Energy Minister Scott Bacon said with the recent Australia Institute report on Tasmanian Jobs showing only eight per cent of total jobs created in Tasmania last year were full-time positions, it was great news that developer Goldwind Australia would launch a program to employ locals for the project’s construction.
“With Goldwind actively seeking local suppliers and contractors to work on the project, more than 150 jobs are expected to be created for locals,” Mr Bacon said.
“These jobs have been a long time coming while the Hodgman Government typically took its time in securing a purchase agreement.
“But the flow-on effects to local business in the regions including the Central Highlands and Derwent Valley are to be welcomed.
“Tasmania has experienced the worst energy crisis in the state’s history under the Liberal Government and Labor is committed to restoring Tasmania’s renewable energy advantage with important renewable energy initiatives such as our Target 500 plan to generate at least 500mw of additional renewable energy.”