Labor queries jobs plan for Wallerawang

CLOSED: Wallerawang's power station in operation.
CLOSED: Wallerawang's power station in operation.

NSW Labor has challenged the State Government on its response to support the Wallerawang community in the wake of the power station shut down. 

Shadow minister for industry, resources and energy Adam Searle cited the economic policies being undertaken for Victorian towns in a question without notice to Don Harwin, NSW minister for resources, energy and utilities on April 6. 

“In the light of the Victorian Government's creation of a special economic growth zone supported by hundreds of millions of dollars to assist the Latrobe Valley community respond to the closure of the Hazelwood power station, what assistance has your government provided to the community of Lithgow to assist in responding to the closure of the Wallerawang power station?” he asked. 

Mr Harwin referred Member for Bathurst Paul Toole for information on “specific programs around the Lithgow area”. 

Mr Toole said the process of the closure of Wallerawang power station had been completed some time ago and EnergyAustralia was currently reviewing interest for the potential redevelopment of the site. 

“There may be opportunities there for creating a business or industrial hub within the site,” he said.