There is a lot of hypocrisy involved in the issue of the Daintree Electricity
This page shows you a list of examples, although this list is far
The supposedly green Labor government in Queensland boast about wind
farms such as Mount Emerald, and solar farms in Kidston, Dalby, Oakey,
Hughenden, Collinsville, Clare, Barcaldine, Sunshine Coast, Longreach,
Lakeland and Normanton, but deny the Daintree a grid connection to share
in this, they insist the Daintree keeps runnning on diesel generators!
One of the government's excuses for inaction is the expense of a grid
in the Dainree.
If that was true then why not just let people on Forest Creek road
where they are next to the grid hook up at no cost to government?
Just have a look at the Annual
Report of Enery Queensland; $942 million after tax nett profit
Numerous studies and local townplans have talked about "sustainable
This is hypocritical BS because how can a community be sustainable
if it survives on diesel generators because 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
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.
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.
Now Douglas Shire Council has even come up with an idea to get
the entire shire eco-certified. Certifying South Douglas might work,
but how could North Douglas be eco-certified while it spews out
10,000 tonnes of CO2 per year and has mountains of worn out lead
acid batteries scattered around the forest?
And in 2018 they made the first step towards this; they conned their
way in to being awarded Top 100 Most Sustainable Destinations...
With a sugarmill that stinks out the town half the year and makes
people sick, and half the shire running on third world polluting
Besides an annual 10 000 tonnes of CO2 the Daintree also generates
mountains of worn out batteries and solar panels.
In 2018 we were told that Prince Charles would visit
the Daintree. We knew he is an environmentalist so we were hoping
to meet him to show him the generators and get his support for a
normal electricity supply, but (as expected) he only made a brief
stop in Mossman Gorge and then flew out again. The Mayor had the
opportunity to meet him and congratulate the Prince on his environmental
work, although we doubt there would have been any honest talk happening
as in the image below....
In 2019 Mayor Julia Ley signed off on a call to the
federal government to work with local government to mitigate the
effects of climate change, ironically only days before she had attended
a meeting in North Douglas where the federal energy minister Angus
Taylor had announced further funding for the renewable micro grid
in the Daintree! The federal government is ready to work with this
local government to cut carbon emissions in North Douglas but our
Mayor is against this, citing fears of over-development.
And while we're on the subject of hypocrisy, of course
we can't get around Mike Berwick.
He claims to be green yet it is his efforts that were a major reason
to the Electricity Act being amended to declare the Daintree an
exclusion zone, (while he himself lived in a grid connected house
on Forest Creek Road) making hiim responsible for the annual four
million litres of generator fuel that pump 10,000 tonnes of CO2
and other pollutants in to the Daintree rain forest every year.
In March 2013 he declared to be in favour of a grid
in the above letter to the Gazette, but in 2018 when ARENA wants
to do exactly that he is suddenly protesting against it again...
And in March 2019 the local Port Douglas radio staton
interviewed Mike Berwick asking questions why he, as the creator
of the award winning planning scheme, built and lives in an illegal
dwelling in violation of his own planning scheme...
It is ironic how he and his friends bought rainforest
in the seventies and built houses in it, but when others started
doing the same in the eighties and nineties it was classed as evil
development and it had to be stopped.
25/09/2013: Media Release
Minister for Energy and Water Supply
The Honourable Mark McArdle
Minister tours Scenic
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
(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?)
And one of 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!
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?
The above was on the (now previous) 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.
Safe? Generators are definitely not a safe way
to generate electricity, read this
article about a man who entered a shed where a generator had
been running, he passed out from carbon monixide poisoning and had
to get his legs amputated.
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 Energy Department's website it said:
The Department of Energy and Water Supply's vision is
a prosperous Queensland through resilient and affordable energy and water
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
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?
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.
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...
Hypocritical Media Statements from Queensland
In this media
statement they said;
Mr Bailey said regional Queensland would continue to be looked after
with the continuation of subsidies.
“We’ve committed more than $560 million to subsidise
regional Queensland electricity prices this financial year, to ensure
that customers across regional Queensland pay a similar amount for
their electricity to those in South East Queensland,” he said.
“These subsidies are important to households in regional Queensland
because the Palaszczuk Government knows the importance of ensuring
a family in say Townsville, Cairns or Mount Isa pay a similar amount
for their electricity than a household in Brisbane.”
So I wrote to them to ask if they also understand the importance
of a family in the Daintree paying a similar amount for their electricity
but you can guess the answer....
Budget delivers energy and water for regional Queensland
The Palaszczuk Government’s 2016 Budget delivers electricity
price relief for regional Queenslanders and invests in new energy.
Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply Mark Bailey said this
year’s State Budget delivers $655 million in subsidies and support
across the energy and water supply portfolio, further securing reliable
and cost-effective delivery of these vital services for Queenslanders.
“Communities, particularly those in regional Queensland have
been a major focus of the Palaszczuk Government’s 2016 State
budget,” Mr Bailey said.
Rural and regional consumers
“We’ve committed $561.2 million to subsidise regional
Queensland electricity prices, to ensure that customers across regional
Queensland pay a similar amount for their electricity to those in
South East Queensland.
“These subsidies are important to households in regional Queensland
because the Palaszczuk Government knows the importance of ensuring
a family in areas including Townsville, Cairns and Mount Isa and in
other rural and regional communities pay a similar amount for their
electricity than a household in Brisbane.”
one you can read: The Premier said the Government was committed
to governing for all Queenslanders, and Cabinet meetings in regional
areas was another demonstration of the Government’s commitment
to listen and deliver for communities across the State
How come we never see a Labor politician north of the Daintree river?
Committed to all Queenslanders but not the Daintree...
Ministers to meet in FNQ for Indigenous focused Cabinet:
State Cabinet will meet in Cairns today with Mayors and representatives
from Indigenous councils throughout the state, continuing the Palaszczuk
Government’s commitment to work with all Queenslanders.
Under Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s leadership, this government
works tirelessly to ensure everyone has a voice on the challenges
and opportunities in their region,” Ms Trad said.
“Engaging with the community and hearing the views and needs
of families across Queensland is vital,” she said.
“We will continue our focus on being accessible to Queenslanders,
regardless of where they live in this state as we deliver on infrastructure,
jobs and our economic plan.” (Regardless
of where they live, unless it is in the Daintree, because what infrastructure,
jobs and economic plan is being delivered there? No plan...
solar power trial for Far North Queensland public housing tenants
A trial to deliver electricity savings for some of the community’s
most vulnerable electricity customers will be rolled out in four Queensland
locations including Cairns and Lockhart River. (Who
could possibly be more vulnerable than Daintree residents who can
have expensive gear blow up any time? Apparently public housing tenants
are who have the security of a never ending dole cheque stream...)
This media statement also includes: "We want every Queenslander
to enjoy cheaper electricity while helping to grow the state's renewable
energy sector" Really? Every Queenslander?
And why are Daintree residents still running generators with no assistance?
Ergon did a detailed study and found that solar power is six times
more expensive than the grid, and that would be in a normal area,
in the Daintree rain forest this can probably be doubled, meanwhile
the Qld govt spends nearly $600 million per year subsidizing tariffs
in regional Queensland because they say they know how important the
price of electricity is to households and businesses.
Paris Climate Accord
Paris, 2015, 150 nations commit to cutting back
CO2 emissions, even mass murderer dictators like Mugabe are
there, but our Queensland premier keeps the Daintree generators
Climate Crusaders and hypocrisy