Central West voters strongly in favour of nuclear energy

NSW Nationals

New polling shows a clear majority of voters in the Central West of NSW support constructing a nuclear power plant at Mount Piper near Lithgow.

The Freshwater Strategy polling shows 63 per cent of voters in the Central West are backing the idea of generating electricity using nuclear power.

Nationals Leader David Littleproud said support for nuclear energy in the Central West was amongst the highest in Australia. Cheaper electricity in the long-term is seen as a key benefit, followed by energy security and the long-term employment opportunities for locals.

“63 per cent of people in the Central West are backing the Coalition’s plan for a nuclear power plant near Lithgow because they see the opportunity,” Mr Littleproud said.

“People in the Central West understand the drivers of long-term cheaper power and sustainable energy. They understand our energy market grid and what it is to have reliable power and a big long-term investment. They understand this because Mount Piper Power Station is an important part of Australia’s energy production. Residents know how important reliable and affordable 24/7 power is.

“The Mount Piper community will benefit from a new power plant with high-paying jobs for generations to come. There will also be a plan to attract new manufacturing to the region and a regional deal unlocking investment in modern infrastructure, with services designed to meet local community priorities. This will result in billions of dollars in local investment.

“Australians in regional electorates such as Calare built our country. So it is disappointing Independent MP Andrew Gee hasn’t supported nuclear energy, despite 63 per cent of voters in his own electorate supporting it.”

Mr Littleproud said families and businesses in the Central West are feeling the pain of Labor’s all-renewables approach, with energy bills increasing by up to $1000 for many households since Labor won government, despite being promised $275 in energy relief.

“Importantly, Australians will own the power station. The Nationals will not allow our local energy security, and the nation’s energy security, to all be owned by billionaires or multi-national companies.

“I have confidence that the workers of the Mount Piper Power Station now have a future to continue their jobs and deliver secure, well-paying jobs for their children and grandchildren.”

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