Winton's world-famous Waltzing Matilda Centre and all other key council facilities and assets will soon be powered by "green" geothermal energy, saving council thousands of dollars annually in electricity bills and ensuring a reliable and more sustainable power supply.
Total project cost
* Average number of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs supported by project construction (based on Queensland Treasury's Guidelines for estimating FTE jobs directly supported by the capital work program).
Building our Regions funding has helped council finance this project without the need to increase rates for the region’s 1400 ratepayers, hard hit by the recent drought.
It has also helped council direct funds towards other projects, including rebuilding the fire-damaged Waltzing Matilda Centre—the town’s main tourist attraction.
Council expects to save thousands of dollars a year in power bills.
By keeping power costs down, council’s improved cash flow will enable it to focus on other community assets.
Reliable and more efficient baseload power will minimise the incidences of brownouts (power fades), and so improve education and health outcomes.
This project will contribute to both the financial and environmental sustainability of the region by developing clean, renewable energy for the community, with scope for expansion.
Council is investigating options for the re-use of water from the geothermal plants to be reinjected back into the basin.
Two 150 kilowatt-generating geothermal power plants
Cooling tower and equipment
Geothermal heat exchangers
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