Canegrowers are the latest primary producers to join the swelling chorus of industry howling down the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) latest electricity prices for irrigated agriculture.
‘This will do nothing to allay the fears of farmers who are seeing their livelihoods slowly eaten away by rising power prices.”
“While the 5.1% increase is better than the outrageous 10.3% rise recommended in the QCA’s original determination, any rise to electricity prices for regional Queensland is indefensible.”
Mr Gallgan says the revised determination comes after an intervention by the State Government and that shows clearly that the Government can do something about power prices and it needs to do more.
“These unsustainably and unnecessarily high-power prices will continue to strangle economic activity and destroy jobs across regional Queensland if unchecked.”
Electricity prices for farmers who grow food and fibre for Australians and export markets have gone up more than 130% since the pricing system changed nine years ago. Over the same period CPI has increased by just 21%.”
“The QCA announcement merely reduces the size of the pain and for some producers it delays the inevitable.”
“Without a change, farmers will have to either get off the grid or go out of business.”