Armitage takes aim at issues
QUEENSLAND Farmer’s Federation president Stuart Armitage attended an ‘energy week’ forum with the Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise’s Energy Summit in Brisbane recently.
Mr Armitage was disappointed by the lack of focus shown by some of the politicians during the summit.
“Yet again, the mantra of ‘politics over power’ prevailed with a distortion of facts from both sides of the political argument,” he said.
“Meanwhile, intensive agricultural producers, including irrigators and other critical sectors of the Queensland economy, struggle with unsustainable power prices and increasingly, issues concerning reliability.
“An issue increasingly besetting renewable projects across Queensland is their sighting and planning. Approved facilities and those already under construction are impacting farmers’ ability to farm their own land, reducing land valuations by borrowing establishments, or undermining the efficient operating levels of infrastructure.”