Ir­ri­gation wa­ter prices to in­crease?

Daily Mercury - - YOUR SAY -

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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THERE IS A HUGE OCEAN OUT THERE FOR SHARKS, WHY NOT GIVE HU­MANS THE PRI­OR­ITY IN CLOSE TO THE BEACH, WHERE OUR LIVELI­HOODS DE­PEND ON MARINE TOURISM?

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