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There is a lot of hypocrisy involved in the issue of the Daintree Electricity Crisis.

Numerous studies and local townplans have talked about "sustainable community".
This is hypocritical BS because how can a community be sustainable if it is denied essential services and suffering under economic sanctions and policies that undermine local economy.
Many international organisations have defined the connection between affordable and reliable energy supply and the economic activities that can be carried out.
An economically deprived community can never be a sustainable community,

All levels of government want everything to go greener and greener, yet they promote pollution by denying the Daintree a grid that can replace the hundreds of generators and 3 million litres of fuel trucked up across the Daintree river every year.

The Queensland government proudly boasted about rescinding the Daintree Energy Policy, while they already knew before hand that they would maintain the discriminatory exclusion of the Daintree from Ergon's distribution area.

In 2013 the Queensland government announced plans to make Queensland the world leader in eco-tourism, when I wrote to them that the Daintree is a pretend eco-tourism destination they showed no interest.
Eco-tourism does not just mean an outdoor activity, it means that there is minimum impact on the environment (which generators are not) and it includes economic wellbeing of the population (while currently the population borders on broke paying for fuel and generators).
When the government promotes the Daintree as an eco-tourism destination this is absolute hypocrisy.

25/09/2013: Media Release
Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark McArdle

Minister tours Scenic Rim region

Minister Mark McArdle to the Mayor of the Scenic Rim Region: “Providing safe, reliable and affordable energy and water supply is vital to meeting the basic needs of communities and for the future development of Queensland.”
(If it is so vital to communities then why is the Daintree community excluded from Ergon's distribution area? Is it only vital for all other Queenslanders but not vital for the Daintree community?)

Read the page on Daintree discrimination for more hypocritical media releases.

And the highlight of the hypocrisy page;

Tony Abbot told the world during his speech at the G20 that it is not acceptable that one fifth of the world still lacks access to electricity, but forgot to mention that he has a little third world country in his own back yard!

G20 speech

Read it here on the PM's website, last paragraph down the bottom.
Oops, that link now no longer works now, Tony has been ditched and his statements deleted from the PM website. How many politicians have we seen come and go that do nothing for us? Lucky I take screen shots of vital info like this.

Want to read some more hypocrisy?
Go to the current Queensland Energy Minister Mark Bailey's website

This is what you will read:

As Minister for Energy and Water Supply, Mark is focused on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity and water supplies to Queensland households and businesses.

He is a strong advocate for renewable energy and is focused on a cleaner, greener energy future for Queensland.

The Minister acknowledges the significance of his portfolio as a jobs generator and the importance of roads, water and energy to business, industry and everyday Queenslanders.

So if he is focussed on delivering safe, efficient and affordable electricity to Queensland households and businesses then is the the Daintree not a part of Queensland any more?
Because that is where the dirty expensive diesel generators roar 24 hours a day.
If he is focussed on cleaner greener energy for Queensland then why does he refuse to do anything to get the polluting generators out of the Daintree rain forest?

On his department website it says:

The Department of Energy and Water Supply's vision is a prosperous Queensland through resilient and affordable energy and water sectors.

To achieve this, the department's strategy is to deliver innovative policy, planning and regulatory solutions in partnership with our stakeholders to support cost-effective, safe, secure and reliable energy and water supply.

This also indicates the Daintree is not a part of Queensland, the area is economically struggling being denied the resilient and affordable energy mentioned above, and the innovative policy to support cost-effective, safe, secure and reliable energy and water supply is also nowhere to be seen with hundreds of generators burning up three million litres of fuel per year.

In the Department of Energy and Water Supply's blueprint statement it says:

Every Queenslander – including each one of us – needs a safe, reliable and affordable electricity and water supply. The work we do every day helps to protect our standard of living and grow our state’s economy.

If the department is aware that every Queenslander needs a safe reliable and affordable electricity supply and they are also aware that the Daintree community is economically struggling with the high cost of their dirty generator electricity then this can only mean that the Daintree is not a part of Queensland any more.

Every time a person in Queensland turns on a tap or flicks a light switch, they experience the effects of our laws, policies, planning and regulations. This already makes them our customers.

Yes, in the Daintree we certainly feel the effect of your laws.
The exclusion from Ergon's distribution area and the law banning neighbouring properties from sharing electricity have devastated the Daintree economy for decades and sent many businesses down the drain.




Microgrids - back to the future?

24 June 2015By Ergon Energy, read full article here

Micro- grids could become increasingly popular in Queensland in coming years, where small communities run their own local power network separate from the main grid.

Peter Nimmo
The article craps on about how keen Ergon is to build micro grids, and Peter Nimmo is the man in charge of it all. So Russell, the chairman of the Daintree Power Committee, immediately got on the phone to tell Peter where he could start building his micro grid. Numerous calls later Russell gave up, Peter simply did not want to hear about the Daintree...