Qld Government To Decide Water Cost Hikes
The Queensland government is considering a report that recommends raising the cost of water by nearly $40 a year in some parts of southeast Queensland.
The Queensland Competition Authority has given the state government two pricing models which would see the cost of bulk water standardised across council areas over the next few years.
Queensland Natural Resources Minister Anthony Lynhyam said the government will now consider the report and its recommendations.
"The government is acutely aware of how cost of living pressures are impacting on Queensland households," Dr Lynham said.
He also encouraged pensioners to apply for the state government's $120 rebate on their water bills.
Under the first model put forward by the QCA residents in the Sunshine Coast, Noosa and Redlands City council areas would see sharp increases in their water bill, in particular Redlands which would see $38.08 more a year for the first two years of the increases, and $12 in 2020-21.
Under the second pricing option, the increases would be more gradual, but would still arrive at the same bulk water price of $3.122 per kilolitre by 2021.
The price rises have been slammed by the state's Liberal National Party opposition which claims Labor has mismanaged the water grid, leading to the need to pay off debt.