Kajua coal power plant in Queensland is the second-largest coal-burning power plant on the Gold Coast and it is currently being operated by Queensland’s state-owned Southern Cross.
The power station in Queensland has already experienced major safety issues, including the collapse of two steel pipes that had been in the site since 2013.
The State Government is now looking at new options for the plant, including a new power station on the coast, which would use less coal.
But the coal plant has also faced significant criticism from the local community.
A petition signed by more than 2,500 people has been signed by residents in Kajuka, calling on the State Government to stop the operation of the plant and allow it to be operated as a wind farm.
“We are calling for the Queensland Government to remove this plant from the Gold and Blue List of Essential Coal-fired Power Plants and instead allow the project to be allowed to operate as a renewable energy source,” the petition said.
The petition also called for the State to review the existing permits and renew them for new operators, including new owners.
The state is currently reviewing a $1.2 billion plan to build the plant on a 1.5-hectare site at Kaurup.
In 2016, a large fire ripped through the Kajūmakoe area of the town, burning over 300 homes and the community’s community centre.
In 2017, residents in the town also expressed concern about the future of the coal mine and its impacts on local communities.
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