Qld to invest $15m in battery testing

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Queensland is continuing it's a pre-budget focus on energy storage with another $15 million investment amid major challenges faced by the national electricity market.

Treasurer Cameron Dick says he wants his state to be "the natural home" of battery testing and making in Australia, with the latest funding earmarked for Brisbane's National Battery Testing Centre.

"We want to give this centre the ability to certify battery cells and systems, which is something that at the moment can only be done overseas," Mr Dick said on Wednesday.

Last week, the government promised $35 million for study on a second pumped hydro energy storage site.

The site would act as a giant battery, using renewable energy to pump water uphill to a hydropower dam to generate electricity.

Another $13 million will be spent on finalising a study into whether the government should invest in the proposed Borumba Pumped Hydro storage project.

Energy Minister Mick de Brenni said recent pressure on the national electricity market underscored the importance of energy storage.

"Storage is the key to our energy independence, be it in the home, statewide or as a nation," he said.

"This investment will ensure the entire supply chain can operate here from Queensland - from research and development, to testing, to manufacturing and deployment."

With the state budget less than a week away, the government has promised to wipe $43 off monthly household power bills, which are set to rise by at least that amount.

Another $200 million will go into a fund for new roads, sewerage systems and other infrastructure in the southeast to spur new housing developments.

Public high school students are to have access to free period products, while $72 million will go towards a new aeromedical hub at Brisbane Airport.

Mr Dick said he expects his 2022/23 budget to commit about $1.5 billion more than the government earns.

That is about $900 million less than the deficit he forecast six months ago, partly due to rising taxes on coalminers and gambling firms.

On Wednesday, Mr Dick repeated a promise for no new or increased taxes for the people of Queensland.

He did not rule out any new fees or charges.

"We will announce our full range of measures, revenue, expenses. The whole thing, the whole shebang, will be in the budget next week," he said.

"On fees and charges, we know that we've had some of the lowest increases in the country."

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