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Ergon Energy delivers peace of mind for Whitsundays tourism operators

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

 

Power project delivers peace of mind for Whitsundays tourism operators

The powerlines have gone underground to keep the lights on at Queensland’s Whitsunday islands.

A year on since Tropical Cyclone Debbie left a trail of destruction through the region, underground feeders have now replaced overheard power conductors connecting to the submarine cables.

Energy Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said tourism operators made a significant contribution to the region’s economy and it was important to help them get back on their feet after a natural disaster.

Ergon Energy has led the $4.85 million project, which has connected three underground feeders to the submarine cables which supply power to Hayman, Hamilton, Daydream and South Molle Islands.

“Tourism operators at the end of the line will benefit from a more resilient network the next time some of Queensland’s wild summer weather blows through,” he said.

“The overhead network has been damaged by cyclones, and is also at risk from bushfires.

“This will significantly reduce Ergon Energy’s maintenance costs and also cut the need for costly diesel generation for island resorts.”

The line route runs through Conway National Park, near Shute Harbour, so environmental protection was a priority for the project team.

“Access was a challenge for construction crews, who had to work along the existing narrow, steep, rocky and winding easement,” Dr Lynham said.

“Our contractors Zinfra did a great job on the installation while maintaining supply, ensuring the safety of workers and minimising their impact on a sensitive area.”

The project was also delivered within a tight timeframe. Construction commenced in May last year and the new underground high-voltage feeders were commissioned in September.

“The repairs carried out soon after Cyclone Debbie were a temporary fix, so it was important to have a permanent solution in place before the start of the storm season,” Dr Lynham said.

While Hamilton Island is open for business, Daydream Island, Hayman Island and South Molle remain closed for redevelopment in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Debbie.

Source: Queensland Government

 


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CCIQ calls for more clarity around new GST distribution

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) has welcomed the announcement of the Federal Government’s proposed GST arrangement that no state will be worse off but calls on the government to reveal where the extra money will come from.

Following a Productivity Commission report last month which suggested a cumulative cut to Queensland’s GST funding by as much as $11.7 billion by 2026/27, the announcement by Treasurer Scott Morrison provides some temporary relief until the full picture is revealed.

CCIQ Head of Media and Industry, Dan Petrie said that the GST is a policy area that is critically important to all states and reassessing the current formula is a logical first step.

“While a positive step, we must bear in mind that the new GST distribution formula is not tax reform and should not be the end game.

“For years, we’ve been advocating for broader structural reform of the federal tax system, which would leave room for State and Territory governments to remove inefficient taxes such as payroll tax and stamp duties.

“The GST as a consumption tax is not a sacred cow,” Mr Petrie said.

CCIQ remains vigilant on reminding governments at both state and federal levels that it is largely the business sector that collects the tax which pays for the schools, hospitals and government functions the states administer on behalf of the tax payer.

“We are eagerly awaiting the finer details of the new carve up, specifically as to where the extra money will come from.

“If the Federal Government is proposing the money come from its surplus for example, we would obviously take issue with this.

Thursday 5 July, 2018 | By: Daniel Petrie

Source: www.cciq.com.au
 

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