Food, fi­bre tar­iff

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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.

Kerry Lat­ter,

Cane­grow­ers Mackay

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