PRIVATISATION of electricity could cost 235 jobs in Orange an Electricity Trade Union (ETU) spokesman said.
NSW Treasurer Mike Baird, last month, called for expressions of interest for Macquarie Generation’s two big power stations - Liddell and Bayswater.
The government has undertaken not to sell its most valuable electricity asset, TransGrid, the so-called “poles and wires”, in this term of Parliament.
ETU secretary Steve Butler requested that Orange City Council make representations on behalf of the community to the NSW Premier seeking a commitment to retaining public ownership and operation of this essential service.
He met with community and cultural services director Scott Maunder and councillor Ron Gander yesterday in Orange.
“The government says they have no plans to sell off Essential Energy or transGrid,” he said.
“No plans that they’re willing to tell us about.”
The union asked council to consider a motion of support in the chamber to send a message to the NSW Parliament that people in the region do not want the electricity network, including Orange employers Essential Energy, TransGrid and Endeavour Energy, sold off.
“Local National Party MPs Paul Toole and Andrew Gee have publicly stated that they are opposed to further electricity privatisation.
“But we believe if local MPs stand up for their community and say no to electricity privatisation, just like Paul Toole and Andrew Gee have already done, then we stand a good chance to stop this from becoming a reality,” Mr Butler said.
Andrew Gee could not be contacted before the Central Western Daily’s deadline.