The cotton industry has welcomed the establishment of the Agricultural Energy Council that brings together Queensland’s agricultural representatives and the Queensland Government to tackle high electricity costs.
A memorandum of understanding was signed today by the Queensland Farmers’ Federation - of which Cotton Australia is a member, AgForce, the Queensland Government, and other agricultural bodies.
Cotton Australia’s Policy Manager for Queensland and Water, Michael Murray, says the Council gives the state’s primary producers a stronger, more united voice.
“The collaborative approach of agricultural bodies alongside government gives our industry a seat at the table as the state’s electricity policy is reformed,” Mr Murray says.
“Cotton Australia and its allies have long advocated for a fair go for growers and we welcome the Council’s commitment to tackle rampant electricity prices.”
“With electricity prices doubling in Queensland over the past seven years, it’s fair to say that cotton growers have been feeling significant financial pressures for far too long. Fairer electricity prices will give growers a greater chance of lifting their farm’s productivity and lift farm-gate returns.”
The Queensland Government also announced a $2.69 million investment in the Energy Savers Plus program to be rolled-out across Queensland’s agricultural industries. Up to 100 on-farm energy efficiency audits will investigate potential energy and cost savings for infrastructure such as pumps and irrigation equipment.
“We thank the Minister for Agriculture, John McVeigh, and the Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark McArdle, for implementing these critical measures.”
Cotton Australia is the peak representative body for Australia’s cotton growing industry.
Cotton Australia media contacts:
Policy Manager for Queensland and Water, Cotton Australia
0427 707 868
Communications Officer, Cotton Australia
0421 761 336