LNP calls for Labor to rule out water price hike

Published: Comments:
Business & Economy Energy & Water Political Primary Industries Queensland Government

This is an archived copy of an article. It is online for informational purposes only.

Liberal National Party Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last called on the Labor Government to rule out increases to the cost of rural irrigation water in Queensland.

Mr Last said farmers and rural communities were in the dark about potential increases in costs from next year following moves by the Labor Government to change the prices SunWater and Seqwater charged to supply rural irrigation water.

“Water is the lifeblood of agriculture and our food and fibre exports are now worth $10 billion a year,” Mr Last said.

“But the double whammy of skyrocketing electricity prices and water pumping costs is killing productivity on Queensland farms.

“A new price path for regional water was flagged in November last year but the Labor Government has failed to tell farmers and rural communities how much they will be paying for irrigation water in the future.”

Mr Last said the rural irrigation water price paths were based on recommendations from the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA), but the Labor Government still had not referred the issue of water irrigation to the QCA yet.

“For the Labor Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynham to be unable to tell Queensland irrigators what they are going to be charged for water from July 1 next year is shameful,” he said.

“For Minister Lynham to not have even referred the issue to the Queensland Competition Authority yet is inexcusable.

“Farmers have no faith in the Queensland Competition Authority or the Labor Government after the failure to bring relief from crippling electricity prices for irrigators.

“The recent increases to bulk water prices in southeast Queensland were also three to five times higher than inflation, so this Labor Government has form in gouging Queenslanders through utility prices.  

“The demand for food from China, India and other Asian economies is only going to increase and our farmers need affordable water and electricity to seize the opportunities.”

Mr Last said if elected, an LNP Government would develop of a 30-year water security plan for Queensland in consultation with industry, Seqwater, Sunwater and local governments to deliver affordable water, as well establishing a mechanism for reviewing the current price targets.

LNP : Liberal National Party :
PO Box 940, Spring Hill QLD 4004, Queensland Wide
07 3844 0666
07 3844 0388
LNP :  Liberal National Party
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
Frustration grows with Labor's weed report delays 22 March 2019 | LNP Shadow Minister for Agriculture Tony Perrett has sprayed the Palaszczuk Labor Government for the endless delays in releasing a Parliamentary Report into the impact of invasive weeds. More information...
Queenslanders must strive to Close the Gap 21 March 2019 | Close the Gap Day events being held across Queensland today are a powerful reminder that we must do more to fight indigenous disadvantage, LNP Shadow Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Partners... More information...
Sunshine Coast consultation reefed from regional communities 19 March 2019 | Some of the most far reaching reforms to agricultural production and reef protection in Queensland's history will be decided from a Brisbane desktop, with the State Government failing to schedule any confirmed... More information...
Royal commission into abuse and neglect in the disability services sector 13 March 2019 | The LNP in Queensland welcomes Prime Minister Scott Morrison's commitment to fully fund a royal commission into abuse and neglect in the disability services sector. More information...
Labor warned Queensland public health system in crisis 13 March 2019 | LNP Shadow Health Minister Ros Bates said claims raised today by Dr Simon Judkins should send shockwaves through the Palaszczuk Labor Government and deserve a response from the Premier. More information...
Billions cut from major Queensland projects under Labor 13 March 2019 | A new industry report released today* has revealed funding to major Queensland projects will plummet from $6.1 billion in 2018/19 to $4.6 billion in 2019/20. More information...
Domestic Violence breaches across the Sunshine Coast over a 12 month period 12 March 2019 | Shocking new statistics have once again outlined Queensland’s growing problem with domestic violence and the Labor Palaszczuk Government’s lack of vision to fix the crisis. More information...
Horror rise in Queensland DV breaches under Labor 11 March 2019 | Queensland has broken its own disgraceful record for the number of domestic violence order breaches, as the Labor Palaszczuk Government fails to introduce a plan to fix the crisis. More information...
Farmers deserve the right to have their say on Labor's reef regulations 08 March 2019 | Queensland farmers have copped another blow from the Labor Palaszczuk Government. More information...
Queensland economy falls behind under Labor 06 March 2019 | LNP Deputy Leader Tim Mander has warned National Accounts data released today shows Queensland's economy continues to fall behind. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service