Water price increase
IRRIGATION customers will be picking up the bill for the state’s dam safety and flood mitigation costs through price increases on water if the Labor Government gets its way through the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) review.
The inclusion of dam safety and flood mitigation costs in the referral notice to the QCA for its review of irrigation water pricing will have significant implications for Queensland farmers.
Early estimates show that given the significant dam safety costs in the pipeline for regional irrigation schemes, some price increases will put in jeopardy the future of irrigation in certain regions.
The LNP is calling on Labor to rule out passing on these costs.
Whether it’s creating barriers to water access through high electricity and water costs or just removing the water altogether, Labor’s agenda hurts rural and regional Queensland.
While Labor is pulling down Queensland’s dams and making water unaffordable, the LNP is committed to building new dams and providing affordable water.
The LNP will develop a 30-year water security plan for Queensland in consultation with Seqwater, Sunwater and local governments and establish a mechanism for reviewing the current price targets.
— Dale Last, LNP Shadow Natural Resources Minister