October 29, 2020
New “modern and affordable” electricity tariffs will be introduced for irrigators should the LNP win power at Saturday’s State election.
Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington said the new tariffs would increase production and create more secure jobs.
“Within the first 100 day of forming government the LNP will task the Productivity Commission to develop a new set of modern and affordable agricultural tariffs to reduce the skyrocketing cost of electricity,” Mrs Frecklington said.
“The Commission will overhaul the current system and introduce a new demand-based tariff structure that rewards productivity and efficiency.
“This is all part of the LNP’s ambitious food and jobs security plan which has a goal of increasing the value of agricultural production by 2035, from $18 billion to $30 billion and then doubling it to $60 billion by 2045.
“The centrepiece of this bold plan is the delivery of water infrastructure which includes the drought-busting New Bradfield Scheme and more dam projects throughout the State.
“We have a plan to grow agriculture in Queensland, including a commitment to reduce the costs of critical inputs and end bad regulations that impact the profitability, productivity and ultimately jobs throughout the entire agricultural supply chain.”