12 November 2015

Ag Force has joined KAP’s calls for a higher Ethanol mandate, adding pressure to the Palaszczuk Government’s unreasonably low threshold set in the Liquid Fuel Supply (Ethanol and Other Biofuels Mandate) Amendment Bill 2015.

KAP member for Mt Isa Rob Katter said he was pleased the grain growing body had come on board stating the 2% mandate would be a missed opportunity to generate jobs and stimulate regional communities.

“It’s simple, if you are dinkum about stimulating employment in the regions you have to produce more than current production,” Mr Katter said.

“As rightly pointed out by AgForce Grains President Wayne Newton, we have the capacity to produce 140 mega litres in Queensland today and at 2% we will only use 58 mega litres.”

Mr Katter said the KAP were happy to compromise with the Government for a 4% mandate.

“Even at 4%, production will not be increased however it will encourage interest and is a significant improvement on the 2% proposal,” Mr Katter said.

As it stands the Dalby Ethanol refinery is currently running at only 41% capacity.

“Dalby and surrounding towns have hundreds of vacant homes as a result of major changes in the CSG industry, at a time when we have idle housing and idle industry promoting biofuels makes perfect sense,” Mr Katter said.

“However for the state to reap the benefits of ethanol industry capacity must be encouraged to increase.”

Despite the growing pressure for a higher mandate in Queensland RACQ has given no indication that they will shift from their position to support a 2% mandate.