ANOTHER MASSIVE ELECTRIC SHOCK
The proposed 10.3 per cent electricity price hike needs to be reeled in now.
The sizable hike has devastated cane growers and the communities sense of hope for a brighter, fairer future, following the release of the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA’s) draft determination, 2016-17, for regional regulated electricity prices, dated March 24..
What makes the situation even more dire is that the hikes, which will impact on rural householders, businesses and farmers across rural Queensland, come on the back of a series of increases amounting to a 96 per cent cumulative increase over the last seven years. Among the worst hit will be Queensland’s irrigated farmers.
The spiralling cost of electricity to run pumps to irrigate farm land is becoming economically unbearable and many growers are being forced to make the decision to switch the pumps off and loose vital productivity and profitability. It’s unacceptable, especially given it doesn’t have to be this way.
I find it interesting to see that the QCA is recommending increases when we are hearing in the press that specialists in the electricity generation area are advocating that the government should immediately direct Powerlink, Energex and Ergon Energy to cut revenues from 40-50 per cent, giving price relief of about 35 per cent to most consumers.
The long-term solution is to fix the regulatory rules to ensure it delivers fair returns rather than excessive returns to the networks and the state government that owns them.
So much for supporting Agriculture as one of the four pillars of our economy and the great future for our state. The state government appears even more focused on milking the electricity cash cow, that it cannot see how growth will come from better power prices supporting expanding agriculture. This shortsightedness will turn a pillar into a stump very quickly.
Kerry Latter, CEO, Canegrowers
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The matter is in police hands.
Robyn Seckolds, Port Douglas
Queensland has a melanoma incidence rate of 71 cases per 100,000 people (for the years 2009-2013), vastly exceeding rates in all other jurisdictions nationally and internationally.
Our climate and demographics make us uniquely vulnerable to skin cancer, necessitating ongoing vigilance in sun protection.
In fact, melanoma incidence is expected to rise steeply among older people for some time yet, due to damage done earlier in life, before our Slip, Slop, Slap campaign began.
We are, however, seeing ongoing decreases in younger age groups – with rates of melanoma stabilising or declining among younger generations. There can be no doubt that this is due to the success of longterm prevention and early detection campaigns, such as Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide.
Ending Queensland’s tragic record as the skin cancer capital of the world remains a top priority for Cancer Council Queensland.
It’s imperative that whenever the UV Index level is three or above, Queenslanders follow the five recommended sun protective behaviours.
Queenslanders should Slip on protective clothing, Slop on minimum SPF30 broad-spectrum, waterresistant sunscreen, Slap on a broadbrimmed hat, Seek shade and Slide on wrap-around sunnies when outdoors to best reduce their risk of skin cancer.
Queenslanders can find more information about being SunSmart, including the latest cancer statistics in Queensland at cancerqld.org.au.
Professor Jeff Dunn AO, Chief Executive Officer, Cancer Council Queensland