THE Coalition’s shadow minister for climate action, environment and heritage Greg Hunt will visit Albury and Deniliquin on Monday to look at two key issues in Farrer.
Mr Hunt will visit the Norkse Skog newsprint mill at Ettamogah for a briefing on its long-awaited proposed $50 million biomass boiler and steam turbine power plant.
He’ll then head to Deniliquin with local member Sussan Ley to discuss the ramifications of the recently legislated Murray Darling Basin Plan.
Mr Hunt is the third senior shadow minister to visit Farrer in the September 7 election build-up after Peter Dutton (health) and Malcolm Turnbull (communications).
“There are two critical issues for this part of Farrer,” Ms Ley said.
“One is the impact of the carbon tax on energy bills and associated cost of living pressures.
“The other is the impact of the Murray Darling Basin Plan on our river and irrigation communities.”
Ms Ley said the Norske Skog concept “could fit neatly within the Coalition’s direct action environmental policy”.
Norske Skog unveiled plans to build a biomass boiler and steam turbine to power its mill and share the power with other industries in 2010.
Albury Council and the NSW government each provided $100,000 towards a feasibility study into the project.
Norske Skog is currently slugged some of the biggest bills under the carbon tax.
In response to concerns with the Murray Darling Basin Plan, Mr Hunt has already promised he would implement a less “ideological plan” should the Coalition take power.
He will also tour the Charlie Carp Factory in Deniliquin, a district where independent Louise Burge polled well against Ms Ley in 2010.