QFF wel­comes com­mit­ment to col­lab­o­ra­tion within in­dus­try

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE - Philippe Co­querand philippe.co­querand@cnbtimes.com.au

THE Lib­eral Na­tional Party an­nounced it would es­tab­lish an Agri­cul­ture En­ergy and Wa­ter Coun­cil to im­prove col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween in­dus­try, gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment-owned cor­po­ra­tions in con­sid­er­ing en­ergy-re­lated is­sues im­pact­ing agri­cul­ture.

Queens­land Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Ar­mitage wel­comed the LNP an­nounce­ment and its will­ing­ness to work along­side in­dus­try to ad­dress un­sus­tain­able and un­jus­ti­fi­able elec­tric­ity prices.

“QFF and in­dus­try mem­bers have been very vo­cal on the need for gov­ern­ment to ur­gently ad­dress spi­ralling elec­tric­ity prices,” he said.

“We have also been strongly ad­vo­cat­ing for the need to prop­erly con­sider the syn­ergy to wa­ter ef­fi­ciency – the en­ergy/wa­ter nexus.

“This fo­rum has the po­ten­tial to ad­dress th­ese is­sues.

“This is a good ini­tia­tive, but judg­ment on the Agri­cul­ture En­ergy and Wa­ter Coun­cil will be re­served un­til it de­liv­ers real out­comes in the form of lower elec­tric­ity costs for all re­gional busi­nesses.

“The worst out­come would be for this to be­come yet an­other talk­fest that pro­vides no re­lief for Queens­land farm­ers.

“The time for talk, ex­cuses and in­ac­tion on elec­tric­ity is over. The up­com­ing elec­tion pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity for both sides of pol­i­tics to clearly put a po­si­tion on elec­tric­ity on the ta­ble.”

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