THE Liberal National Party announced it would establish an Agriculture Energy and Water Council to improve collaboration between industry, government and government-owned corporations in considering energy-related issues impacting agriculture.
Queensland Farmers' Federation president Stuart Armitage welcomed the LNP announcement and its willingness to work alongside industry to address unsustainable and unjustifiable electricity prices.
"QFF and industry members have been very vocal on the need for government to urgently address spiralling electricity prices,” he said.
"We have also been strongly advocating for the need to properly consider the synergy to water efficiency - the energy/water nexus.
"This forum has the potential to address these issues.
"This is a good initiative, but judgment on the Agriculture Energy and Water Council will be reserved until it delivers real outcomes in the form of lower electricity costs for all regional businesses.
"The worst outcome would be for this to become yet another talkfest that provides no relief for Queensland farmers.
"The time for talk, excuses and inaction on electricity is over. The upcoming election provides an opportunity for both sides of politics to clearly put a position on electricity on the table.”
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