Energy Prices Breakout Costs Cowra Business $1.2 million

While the NSW Government dithers on building power stations, the energy bill at Breakout River Meats in Cowra doubling - a $1.2 million increase.

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party Cootamundra by-election candidate Matthew Stadtmiller slammed the NSW Government for their inaction on our energy supply. 

This comes as families across New South Wales are feeling the pinch on electricity prices and Breakout River Meats in Cowra is facing an energy bill of $1.2 million.

Matthew Stadtmiller at Breakout River Meats

“This is an electricity crisis,” Mr Stadtmiller said. 

“It’s all well and good to build fancy stadiums and new roads in Sydney, but we’ll have much bigger problems if we can’t even keep the lights on at night. 

“We had blackouts last summer and are set for them again this summer. The State Government still has done nothing and we’re on the brink of another power station closing down.

“Pensioners are freezing in the winter and boiling in the summer because they can’t afford their electricity bills. 

“Last week Energy Minister Don Harwin said that building new power stations is not Government policy – the complete opposite of what Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that same week.

“I want to use the spotlight of this by-election kick the Government into action on an issue that affects us all. The Nationals are silent on electricity, but I refuse to stay quiet.”

Breakout River Meats employs 200 people in Cowra

Breakout River Meats Managing Director Chris Cummins expressed his frustration about Government inaction on power generation. 

“The Liberal and National Party State Government is being run by clowns, and these clowns need to do their homework and build new power stations. 

“I’m scared that one day that here in the summer we will run out of power. If blackouts happen in the middle of production, we will lose everything.

“Breakout River Meats employs 200 people in Cowra. There’s already six meat works that have closed down in Australia – if there’s more closures to come, I don’t want to be one of them. 

“I want to know what the Nationals are doing. The Nationals haven’t done anything for the bush for so long. It’s time for a change.”

Chris Cummins showing Matthew Stadtmiller around Breakout River Meats

It is Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party policy to build two new high efficiency low emissions power stations in the Hunter region.

Download Matthew Stadtmiller's press release here.