Burdekin Shire Council’s next Industry Breakfast will shine a spotlight on one of Australia’s largest solar farm projects, proposed to begin construction in the Burdekin early next year.
Burdekin Shire Council Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said Pacific Hydro’s Haughton Solar Farm would be built in three stages over eight years and reach up to a maximum capacity of 500MW, enough to power about 170,000 homes.
“Much interest has been shown in this job-creating project since its approval by Council earlier this year,” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Council is delighted to announce that, as part of the upcoming Burdekin Industry Breakfast at Burdekin Theatre on Wednesday, 4 October, we’ll have a representative of Pacific Hydro attending to share even more about the plans for this large-scale solar farm” Cr McLaughlin said.
“Since commencing this year, the Burdekin Industry Breakfasts have provided an excellent opportunity for Council and other Government agencies to engage with local businesses and update them on infrastructure and new business opportunities in the region.
“The Pacific Hydro solar farm represents a major investment in our Shire and in the Burdekin’s potential as a solar energy powerhouse of the future. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about this project first-hand.”
The scheduled presentation by Greg Tonner, Cowboys NRL Club CEO, has been postponed due to the weekend’s NRL Grand Final.
However, Cr McLaughlin said Townsville Enterprise Policy and Investment Director Michael McMillan had come on board as the second guest speaker.
“I will join Mr McMillan in providing a recap of the recent delegation of North Queensland community and business leaders to Singapore,” Cr McLaughlin said.
The Burdekin Industry Breakfast is on 7am – 8.30am, Wednesday 4 October at the Burdekin Theatre, Ayr. Cost is $10/person which includes a hot breakfast.