Federal Member for Hunter Joel Fitzgibbon wants the Hunter region to lead a new national gas economy.

He said four years of policy confusion has put Australia on the brink of an energy crisis.

“Our energy future will be dominated by renewable and storage technologies. But the lengthy transition period will be underpinned by gas.

“We have an abundance of gas and need to get it to market. We have the wit to ship Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) from the Indian Ocean to Asia but not the wit to ship it to the eastern seaboard.

“Government must provide the policy guidance needed to bring gas to eastern state markets and there could be no better place to build an LNG receiver terminal than Newcastle.

“Gas coming to Newcastle can fire new gas-fired generators in the buffer zones of our current coal-fired generators, each of which are coming to the end of their commercial lives.

“We have the land, we have the skilled workforce, we have the transmission lines.

“Gas into Newcastle can also be used to deliver affordable and reliable energy to our manufacturing sector.

“It’s a plan for jobs, a plan for economic growth and a plan for a cleaner future.

“Let’s get on with it.”

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