A pledge to reduce water prices has gotten bipartisan support as the Queensland state election race nears its end. Labor joined the party to announce a 15 per cent reduction in water charges for farmers accessing the state-owned irrigation schemes, and half-price water specifically for fruit and vegetable growers. This will start from July 2021.
The LNP earlier announced they would cut water costs by 20 per cent and Katter's Australian Party have promised a 25 per cent reduction. The Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) released a report earlier this year into irrigation water charges and their consistent increase over many years, putting forward a range of potential reductions between 15 and 25 per cent.
"So now we have commitments that fit within that range," ASMC CEO David Pietsch said. "It's not just a benefit to the cane growers and the sugar millers, it would also deliver broader benefits to the communities that rely on our industry."
Abc.net.au also reported on Canegrowers CEO Dan Galligan, who said the industry was relieved to have secured solid promises from the major political parties.