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Federal Member for Grey Rowan Ramsey said the Government has shown once again it can make big announcements, but deliver very little after confirmation a promise of $3.55 million for the construction of a solar power station at Coober Pedy is unlikely ever to be delivered.

Mr Ramsey said the funding under the Renewable Remote Power Generation Program was to have delivered a solar farm with 26 dishes, producing 1860 megawatts hours a year and completed by the end of last year.

“Quite clearly this has not occurred,” Mr Ramsey said.

“I have had questions on notice about this matter with the Minister since the middle of last year and even after two requests from the Speaker, Minister Garret has failed to respond.
“In the recent Senate estimates I asked Senator Simon Birmingham to put the question to the department to reveal the truss taus of the project.

“We have been advised the Government has had negotiations with two proponents and failed to convince either of the viability of the project. It is just so typical of this Government to make big hot air announcements with no plan on how to deliver. They operate on a philosophy of ‘It seemed like a good idea at the time’, in an attempt to dominate the media cycle with good news and hope the public forget when it doesn’t occur.

“Grocerywatch, Fuelwatch, Childcare places, Pink Batts, BER, Pacific Common Market, Climate Change, all noise, no action, Australians are losing patience.”

Media Contact: Leonie Lloyd-Smith (08) 8633 1744
May 31, 2010

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