Irrigation water prices to 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 Palaszczuk 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.
The LNP is extremely concerned that Annastacia Palaszczuk has opened the door to significant water price increases. 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.
Unfortunately, this is just the latest move from a Labor Government so anti-farmer and out of touch that it would even consider including the ballooning costs of dam safety and flood mitigation into the price of water.
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.
The difference between this Labor Government and a Deb Frecklington LNP Government could not be clearer.
While Labor is pulling down Queensland’s dams and making water unaffordable, the LNP is committed to building new dams and providing affordable water to grow our regions.
The LNP will develop of 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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