Ben­e­fit or bust?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE car­bon tax has been in­tro­duced and now it is a wait­ing game to find out ex­actly what costs busi­nesses will have to wear from the flow-on ef­fect.

Steve Ed­mon­ton, owner-op­er­a­tor of Sail­away and direc­tor of mar­ket­ing for Po­sei­don, said they are in a good po­si­tion and have been work­ing for three years to make the busi­ness car­bon neu­tral.

“It’s too soon to see but we’re in a good place and are a lit­tle bit more re­silient to some po­ten­tial in­creases in costs - Sail­away is a cli­mate ac­tion leader and a car­bon neu­tral prod­uct,” he said.

“We’ve an­tic­i­pated a chang­ing en­vi­ron­ment with trees, forestry and grow­ing our own bio-fuel and go to a car­bon neu­tral is­land off of Low Isles - it’s all based on best en­vi­ron­men­tal prac­tices.”

Mem­ber for Le­ichardt War­ren Entsch is a more du­bi­ous about the new tax and is con­cerned about the ef­fects on busi­nesses in the re­gion.

“The su­per­mar­kets are go­ing to be hit re­ally bad and any­body that op­er­ates re­frig­er­a­tion - for a re­frig­er­ant gas they use called R507 from June 30 it cost $25/kg and from July 1 the same gas cost $384/ kg,” he said.

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