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Year-on-year electricity prices of 10
percent and more are seriously impinging
the profitability and productivity of the
intensive farm industries of Queensland.
Farmers’ power bills are now two to
three times greater than just a few years
ago, which is impacting our international
competitiveness and is a barrier to the
Government’s aim of doubling the value
of production by 2040.
A multi-faceted approach to electricity prices
and efficiency is required. This includes:
efficiency, pricing arrangements, tariff
solutions and policy.
Successful
negotiations
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DAFF
Queensland and Ergon Energy on an
extensive project that will see Ergon conduct
rural industry energy audits with a view to
helping industry improve its energy efficiency
in the face of increasing electricity costs.
More work is needed across the myriad of
policy issues.
The DAFF Queensland and Biosecurity
Queensland budgets have deterioirated
over successive years, seeing an overall
decline in services and doubts over
the ability of these agencies to deliver
proactive policies and respond to crises.
QFF seeks a 5 percent per annum increase
in the DAFF Queensland and Biosecurity
Queensland budgets. this would arrest the
decline in services, give confidence in BQ’s
ability to respond to natural disasters, and
help DAFF Queensland be a proactive force.
Governments must invest in cooperative
programs with industry. Industry-led programs
continue to set a benchmark for achievements
and delivery and must be a policy centrepiece
for the new government.
A shortage of both skilled and unskilled
workers in rural areas is impacting
farmers’ ability to efficiently run their farms
and has creates uncertainty regarding the
future generation of farmers.
The Government is partnering with indsutry
on the Queensland Ag Training Partnership
through the Department of Eduction,
Training and Employment. QFF is seeking a
commitment that the outcomes of this work
will create a path forward for agricultural
skills and training and set a path forward for
addressing the skills shortage in agriculture.
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Response needed
Landholders must be supported in their
dealings with resource companies so that
negotiations between the parties are on
an equal basis. Education and extension
programs are required on landholder rights
and processes for reaching agreement on
land use, access and compensation. An
information delivery and support program
is required for current and any new
legislation affecting access to and use of
natural resources. The government must
deliver a clear program that communicates
these changes to landholders.
The coming government must clearly
articulate to landholders how the changes
under the Regional Planning Interests Act
affect them. An information delivery program
is required for this Bill and other complex
legislation, specifically the Mineral and
Resources Bill and the Water Reform and
Other Legislation Ammendment Bill. The
government must deliver on a clear program
of work that communicates these changes to
landholders.
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