Morwell's Energy Brix Power Station is the wrong site to deploy emergency
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union
However, the meeting was originally promoted to discuss details about asbestos disposal at the Energy Brix site, and meeting attendees were only advised that the diesel project was added to the agenda the day before.
"If this is community consultation, then this is the first I've heard of it, just to be told they will use diesel generators 1.5
"This is taking advantage of the community and I'm not convinced that there was no better option out there. They are rushing it."
"There are a lot of people in this community who suffered through the
"Diesel motors don't burn clean. I would have been happier if they used gas generators. We [the AMWU] will investigate this a lot more and form a stronger view on it."
He accused AEMO and Aggreko of skirting around questions about using other old power stations in the region, such as at Jeeralang or Bairnsdale.
Another community member at the meeting raised concerns about
Traralgon resident Norm Nanos contacted The Express to say he believed these were stop-gap efforts which could have been avoided if Hazelwood been kept open.
"I heard on the radio this morning that it will cost $2000 a week to keep the diesel [generators] on the premises, even if they're not working because they have to hire them out," he said.
"They're not environmentally friendly. It is bad for Morwell and the area. I'm hoping [Latrobe City] Council will reject the permit. I'd like to see Gippsland advance more so than what they're doing at the moment."
Aggreko managing director George White told the meeting that Energy Brix was the best site due to the amount of existing high tensile power lines for the generators to be connected to.