The Banana Shire Council has given approval to the solar energy company FRV to develop a solar farm near Baralaba in central Queensland.  Banana Shire Mayor Ron Carige said the project could create up to 200 jobs during the construction phase.

“It’s a great opportunity for not only for the shire but for the community around Baralaba itself,” he said.  “So it’s right near the substation at Baralaba and the total area is 730 hectares but the panels will take up approximately 660 hectares, so it’s quite a large project.” Councillor Carige said it was a great opportunity for the region moving forward