Nov 26, 2020

Hydrogen champions to help spur industry growth

Hydrogen champions to help spur industry growth

Two MPs from North Queensland and Central Queensland will help lead the charge to promote the state as a national hydrogen industry hub.

Minister for Energy, Renewables and Hydrogen Mick de Brenni has announced the appointment of the Member for Mundingburra Les Walker and Member for Rockhampton Barry O’Rourke as ‘hydrogen champions’.

He said they would join Redlands MP Kim Richards as champions working to ensure Queensland was at the forefront of the emerging industry.

Rockhampton MP Barry O’Rourke.

Mr O’Rourke said he would hit the ground running to make sure the implementation of the Palaszczuk Government’s Hydrogen Industry Strategy benefited Central Queensland.

“By 2030, the hydrogen industry will be worth about $1.7 billion a year in exports,” Mr O’Rourke said.

“Central Queensland not only has a government-owned port – through our Hydrogen Industry Development Fund we have already invested $4.2 million into an Australian-first domestic gas blending facility.”

Mr Walker said initiatives in the North included a $10.6 million State investment for a Townsville TAFE facility to train hydrogen and renewable energy workers.