Opposition vows to set up council to tackle the big issues
AN LNP government would reintroduce an Agriculture Energy and Water Council to help farmers tackle spiralling electricity costs and water issues.
The State Labor Government abolished the advisory council when it defeated the previous LNP government in early 2015. LNP agriculture spokesman Dale Last said yes- terday a Tim Nicholls- led government would join forces with farmers and industry to address out- of- control electricity prices.
“This year alone electricity prices on farm and irrigation tariffs are increasing by up to 5.1 per cent. This is almost triple the rate of inflation,” Mr Last said.
“It isn’t good enough and it’s why the Liberal National Party is establishing the Agriculture Energy and Water Council.”
The purpose of the Agriculture Energy and Water Council will be to develop further collaboration between Queensland Farmers Federation, AgForce, Canegrowers and the LNP to consider energy- related issues of the agriculture industry; provide strategic oversight to existing govern- ment assistance packages for the agriculture industry; and co- ordinate management of electricity and water as key agricultural inputs.
Mr Last said the council would bring farmers, ministers and Energy Queensland to the table to tackle critical issues such as tariff reform and spiralling prices.
“The LNP will establish a new and improved council that will be expanded to include the Queensland Farmers Federation, AgForce and Canegrowers,” Mr Last said.
“Through the council the LNP will also look at water issues, given the movement of water is a major source of electricity use.
“If we can sort out electricity and water then we can ensure every farming family has a future.”