Agriculture and tourism co-existence thriving in Queensland
September 23rd, 2016
Co-existence of agriculture, tourism and natural gas development is no longer a concept – the proof is in the pudding in Queensland.
Last weekend’s Sunday Mail newspaper trumpeted the fact.
“Queensland is the envy of the country”, the headline declared.
It was referring to growth in the three sectors – agriculture tourism and natural gas – liquefied at the port city Gladstone and exported to Asia, with substantial economic benefits to the State and the nation.
“Even the biggest detractors admit the economy has turned the corner,” the paper said.
Quoting the latest economic output figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the paper noted the rise of Queensland up the national growth table (it had previously languished at the bottom), and singled out liquefied natural gas.
“A key factor in the economic growth has been the export sector, particularly LNG.”
This is no surprise to the natural gas industry, which has been responsible for creation of 40,000 jobs in a $70 billion investment in the LNG industry in Queensland.
That investment has moved from the construction boom phase into the production phase, and the results are now showing through in the State’s economic performance, particularly exports, as national authorities have previously anticipated.
With the LNG exports come major contributions to the Queensland community, via royalties of as much as $500 million per year which can be pumped into schools, hospitals and roads.
The nation benefits as well, because increased exports mean we can afford to import goods and services without increasing national debt.
So, natural gas is helping to bring significant benefits to Australians and Queenslanders everywhere, as well as to the 5000 Western Downs farmers who are hosting natural gas wells and reaping the rewards of extra income and water and better fences and roads.
And all this without the environmental calamity which anti-gas protesters have been predicting for years.