No price drop for farm­ing fam­i­lies

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

IR­RI­GA­TION elec­tric­ity tar­iffs in Queens­land have risen a min­i­mum of 136% over the past decade, and for some more than 200%, while CPI has in­creased by just 24% over the same pe­riod.

Yet in the re­cent de­ci­sion, ap­plauded by the State Govern­ment, we did not even see a one per cent re­lief in ir­ri­ga­tion and some busi­ness tar­iffs.

So farm­ing fam­i­lies are pun­ished/ig­nored once again. In a nut­shell:

Head­line us­age tar­iffs for res­i­den­tial (house­holds) and small busi­nesses fall by 2.3 and 4.6 per cent re­spec­tively. Time of use us­age tar­iffs, res­i­den­tial (house­holds) and small busi­nesses, fall by 2.5 and 7.4 per cent re­spec­tively.

Ir­ri­ga­tion tar­iffs are un­changed.

The key driver of the lower res­i­den­tial and small busi­ness tar­iffs ‘are net­work costs and re­new­able en­ergy tar­get (RET) re­lated costs.

For most tar­iffs and

cus­tomers, net­work costs have de­clined. Whole­sale en­ergy costs have also de­clined.

These de­creases in net­work and whole­sale en­ergy costs have been par­tially off­set by higher RET re­lated costs’ (QCA re­port).

Given these changes it is ex­tremely dis­ap­point­ing that tran­si­tional ir­ri­ga­tion tar­iffs have not also been re­duced.

Many ir­ri­ga­tors face fur­ther bill increases in ex­cess of an­other 50% when they are forced on to standard tar­iffs mid-2020.

Farm­ing fam­i­lies are small busi­ness peo­ple that hap­pen to farm, yet get no price drop, just more un­sus­tain­able pain.

— Kerry Lat­ter Cane­grow­ers Mackay CEO

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