Wa­ter price in­crease

Central Telegraph - - OPINION NEWS -

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

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