Comments for attribution to Mark Collette, EnergyAustralia Executive – Energy:
“EnergyAustralia welcomes the Planning Assessment Commission’s approval of the Springvale water treatment plant.
“We appreciate the Commission’s willingness to engage directly with the local community to understand the impacts of the project not proceeding, and its diligence in examining the environmental and economic benefits to the region.
“We’re pleased the Commission agrees this project is a strong one; balancing the need for jobs with delivering reliable, affordable and cleaner supplies of energy and protecting the environment.
“We also greatly appreciated the community’s preparedness throughout this process to demonstrate its support for the project. The final project design incorporates the community’s suggestions around discharging surplus treated water.
“Today’s decision is a great result for NSW energy customers, for the environment and for the 600 power station and mine workers whose jobs depend on the project.
“Now, we’re looking forward to getting on with developing this important project with Centennial to deliver its significant benefits.”