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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Hodgman Hot Air on Natural Gas -

Hodgman Hot Air on Natural Gas - Lara Giddings, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Deputy Liberal Leader Will Hodgman?s latest burst of hot air on the natural gas roll out shows again he has no idea what he is talking about.

?Mr Hodgman seems confused, or is intent on trying to confuse the Tasmanian public regarding the number of premises the gas roll out will go past and when this will occur,? Minister for Economic Development Lara Giddings said today.

?In case Mr Hodgman is confused I?m happy to spell it out for him again. The Government has consistently stated that it would not enter into discussions regarding stage 2B of the gas roll out until Stage 2A is nearing completion.

?We have a construction plan in place with Stage 2A to take us through to April 2007. Let?s allow Powerco to go ahead and build it,? Ms Giddings said.

?As we near April 2007 and the completion of Stage 2A we will sit down with Powerco and discuss stage 2B with them as we always said we would.

?The Government said at the outset of the project, and has been consistent all along, that Stage 2A will go past 38,500 homes and businesses.

?We have also said that over time the network will have the capacity to connect over 100,000 households to gas.

?Clearly stage 2B ? post April 2007 would be when this would occur.?

Ms Giddings said the gas roll out had delivered innumerable benefits for Tasmania including energy savings, environmental benefits, investment and the saving of taxpayers? dollars.

?The roll out has delivered these benefits in super quick time.

?And of course it means more Tasmanian consumers have a greater choice in their energy source.

?In less than 18 months time 38,500 households and small businesses will have access to natural gas. Currently 6,000 homes and businesses front a ?live? gas main.

?Clearly Mr Hodgman has had no discussions with Tasmanian businesses that have benefited from natural gas such as Australian Bulk Minerals, Zinifex, the Deck Restaurant in Devonport and the many others.

?Mr Hodgman also fails to mention the more than $200 million in savings for the Tasmanian taxpayer and electricity customers through our ability to run the Bell Bay Power Station on gas rather than fuel oil.

?Mr Hodgman should find out the facts about this great project rather than talking it down and creating confusion.


At 9:03 PM, November 24, 2005, Blogger randomwalker said...

Hodgman huffs and puffs


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