By MELISSA PACEPublished Mar 18, 2020 10:06:45After the $30 billion LNG terminal and terminal-building boom in Australia’s Sunshine Coast, some residents are asking what they can expect for the next four years.
A project to build the next generation of LNG terminals in the Sunshine has been called a “game changer” and the government says it is on track to deliver a $40 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export boom in 2028.
The project is being developed by Queensland’s Natural Resources Conservation Council and the Queensland Energy Union, which will share the cost of the LNG facility.
It will be the largest in the world and one of the largest ever constructed.
The Sunshine Coast has been hit hard by the liquefaction of LPGs due to the global warming and pollution.
The port’s unemployment rate jumped by 40 percent during the boom.
It has been described as one of Queensland’s worst-affected regions.
The LNG project has already generated $5 billion in taxes.
The Sunshine Coast Council has been given $2.8 billion in funding to create jobs.
But some residents, who say the LPG terminal is a game changer, are questioning the government’s commitment to the region.
“We’re a big fish in a small pond, you’ve got a lot of other big fish that are coming through the LNGL port and it’s going to affect our whole economy,” resident Julie Richey said.
Richey and other residents worry about how they’ll pay for the $5.5 billion LPG project and the increased cost of housing.
Rice is one of those residents.
She lives near the port.
“I feel like we’re the ones that need to pay the price for what we have to pay for and what the future of our community will be,” she said.
“It’s a shame that we’ve got to pay that price for something that’s been so beneficial for our community.”LNG is the fuel that powers the L.N.G. plant in Gladstone.
The project is expected to generate up to 1.5 million tonnes of L.
Ni and L.G., which are used to make plastics and paper.LNG exports can provide jobs and royalties, but residents worry it could create more than jobs and the pollution from LNG would have a major impact on the region’s environment.
The Queensland government says the LNP will spend up to $1 billion to upgrade the port, which it says will be a “massive undertaking” with a cost of $4 billion.
The State Government says the project is one it has already started on.
“The LNP government is committed to delivering on its commitments and investing $1.5bn to create up to 600 new jobs, including at the port and LNG refinery,” State Environment Minister Steve Rau said in a statement.
“This project will also provide Queenslanders with a strong local workforce, which is key to our local economy.”
A key element of this plan is the construction of a new LNG port terminal, which we hope will create 500 new jobs and provide a boost to the local economy and the region.
“The State Opposition says the plan is a scam and has called for the LNLNG project to be scrapped.”LNG export facilities are nothing more than an expensive scam to lure in investors,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said in the statement.
The Government says it has invested $1bn to build a port.
The Queensland Government says this $1billion is on target to create 500 jobs and create a boost in the local area economy.
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