Biomass, wave energy for Hopetoun: Labor

The state opposition says hundreds of sustainable jobs could be created in Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun from the investment in a biomass power plant and wave technologies, rather than a $60 million road.


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Seville Grove
Somebody might want to ask the Lib/Nationals who the hell is going to be out there driving and touring in this economic climate!

West Perth
The no.1 output of the Narrogin Oil mallee demonstration plant was actually eucalyptus oil. The second product was activated charcoal, and the final by product was electricity from waste-heat. The plant was not viable because of cheap Chinese oil. Electricity production is not viable on its own. Oil mallee plantations need a few years in the ground before they can be used, and Hopetoun doesn't have serious plantations of these products so far. The Shadow Minister is living in a land of make believe if she thinks a mallee plant is an option. Wind renewable is by far the most sound investment along that coast-line.

McTiernan may be off the mark on biomass, but she at least demonstrates a capacity to think outside the square - wave & wind power sound good - but are they viable? The notion at least deserves level headed assessment. The principles being the best outcome for the locals and best net return on Govt investment.

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