Local leaders in NSW call for more detail over Federal Opposition's nuclear plan

This coal-fired power station in the Hunter Valley shut down 12 months ago. If the federal coalition gets its way, it will be revived as a nuclear power plant. It's the best thing coming out of Canberra in years being it's our nuclear power is so clean in comparison to the other power sources. I just find it to be very scary, like nuclear just scary, especially with like children growing up here. Local authorities here and at the other targeted site in Mount Piper near Lithgow weren't consulted before Peter Dutton's announcement. They want that to change going forward. It's a nationwide issue, but it's here in our backyard and we'd expect the respect of being at the table and having a seat around these discussions. It only announces the site. It is not enough to just announce a site. Community leaders say they want more information, including details on what will happen to nuclear waste. Lithgow City Council is cautious about activities involving nuclear process. We need to know more about, you know, the safety of it, the, the, what it's gonna bring for our area. While going nuclear could bring more jobs to the region, it would still be 2035 at the earliest before any plant is up and running. We are really looking at more immediate priorities and that's the replacement of electricity from coal-fired, coal-fired generation and that's really happening by 2033 and the decarbonisation of heavy industry. AGL, which owns the Liddell site, says nuclear is not part of its plans. It's in the process of developing low emissions renewable energy hubs, a region that's already one of the state's energy superpowers, getting ready for a big debate over which type of power will prevail.

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