Food, fibre tariff
Electricity prices in Queensland are high and rising. This is threatening the viability of irrigated agriculture across Queensland. The current electricity pricing framework is failing electricity consumers and is directly and adversely affecting the international competitiveness of Queensland’s export oriented irrigated agricultural industries, risking turning this pillar of our economy into a stump.
While households also finish up paying more for the food they eat, because of the irrigation costs.
Irrigators need significant immediate tariff relief for T62, T65, T66 and T22 large transitional, with no further price increases, until a comprehensive, root and branch, independent review of Ergon is completed.
Introduction of a food and fibre tariff specifically for irrigation, giving irrigators a range of options from which to select the right tariff for their circumstances, will benefit all Queenslanders via lowering the cost of production.