NEW PROJECT: Utilitas CEO Fiona Waterhouse, Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk,State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.Photo Jim Alouat / NewsMail
NEW PROJECT: Utilitas CEO Fiona Waterhouse, Bundaberg MP Leanne Donaldson. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk,State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.Photo Jim Alouat / NewsMail Jim Alouat

Qld election: Company with Labor links wins grant in key seat

A BIOFUELS company with Labor Party links was awarded a lucrative grant by the Palaszczuk Government ahead of dozens of other contenders.

The Courier-Mail can reveal a company awarded a taxpayer-funded grant to turn Bundaberg distillery waste into energy is chaired by former federal MP ­Bernie Ripoll.

The company, Utilitas, is the brainchild of Mr Ripoll's partner Fiona Waterhouse, who is chief executive and major shareholder in the Brisbane-based business.

There is no suggestion the contract was not awarded on merit.

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