Armitage takes aim at is­sues

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

QUEENS­LAND Farmer’s Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Stu­art Armitage at­tended an ‘en­ergy week’ fo­rum with the Toowoomba and Su­rat Basin En­ter­prise’s En­ergy Sum­mit in Bris­bane re­cently.

Mr Armitage was dis­ap­pointed by the lack of fo­cus shown by some of the politi­cians dur­ing the sum­mit.

“Yet again, the mantra of ‘pol­i­tics over power’ pre­vailed with a dis­tor­tion of facts from both sides of the po­lit­i­cal ar­gu­ment,” he said.

“Mean­while, in­ten­sive agri­cul­tural pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing ir­ri­ga­tors and other crit­i­cal sec­tors of the Queens­land econ­omy, strug­gle with un­sus­tain­able power prices and in­creas­ingly, is­sues con­cern­ing re­li­a­bil­ity.

“An is­sue in­creas­ingly be­set­ting re­new­able projects across Queens­land is their sight­ing and plan­ning. Ap­proved fa­cil­i­ties and those al­ready un­der con­struc­tion are im­pact­ing farm­ers’ abil­ity to farm their own land, re­duc­ing land val­u­a­tions by bor­row­ing es­tab­lish­ments, or un­der­min­ing the ef­fi­cient op­er­at­ing lev­els of in­fra­struc­ture.”

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