Goulburn Valley dairy farmers and fruit growers high-fived the Federal Parliament’s repeal of the carbon tax but a local environmentalist described it as an international embarrassment.ALEXANDRA BATHMAN July 29, 2014 3:00am
Carbon tax repeal was a good break for fruit growers, Apple and Pear Australia chairman John Lawrenson said, pictured with grower Peter Hall at an ‘energy efficiency walk’ last week.
‘‘Australian agriculture is breathing a sigh of relief now the tax has finally been abolished,’’ National Farmers’ Federation president Brent Finlay said.
The controversial tax cost the average dairy farmer between $2000 and $7000 a year, Australian Dairy Farmers president Noel Campbell said, while Tatura Milk Industries listed a direct carbon tax liability of $900
Across the agriculture sector the average power bill increased by 10 per cent — it meant an extra $20
‘‘In a fair world that 10 per cent should be redeemed,’’ Mr Hall said.
He said the carbon tax was counterproductive.
‘‘Putting a carbon tax on food production only drives food production to other countries who do not have to abide by the same tax and who do not have the same respect for the environment.
‘‘It reduced profitably and when you reduce profitably, you reduce job opportunities in the Goulburn Valley.’’
But Goulburn Valley Environmental Group vice-president Terry Court said the carbon tax repeal was a tragedy.
‘‘The adverse impact the carbon tax had on the Australian and local economy has been overstated dramatically,’’ Mr Court said.
‘‘We will be an embarrassment internationally.’’
Mr Court claimed the significant cost increase of power to farmers and fruit growers was not due to carbon tax.
‘‘I believe the majority of the cost of those bills would have been costs from poles and wires,’’ he said.
‘‘The gold plating of poles and wires costs at least six or seven times more than the carbon tax.’’
Mr Court said the carbon tax was needed for industries to move towards renewable energy sources.
Cobram East brothers Erwin and Iwan Van Den Berg milk 1400 cows and Erwin said the tax added an extra $12
‘‘For us it is a positive thing. It will affect our bottom line. Every little bit helps,’’ Mr Van Den Berg said, noting milk prices were coming down.
He said the tax didn’t help the environment.
‘‘I would say 80 to 90 per cent of the tax was used to shuffle paper around.
‘‘It frustrated me more in the way we were going left then right — up and down. We didn’t know where we stood.’’
Mr Van Den Berg said he was considering renewable energy partly because of the carbon tax.
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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