Regional Queenslanders get little relief from power bills
THE Queensland Competition Authority’s announcement on its final determination of regulated electricity prices for regional Queensland has brought little relief for families and individuals struggling with their electricity bills.
The final prices show an average bill increase of 2.8%, or $41.
Queensland Council of Social Service CEO Mark Henley said many families in regional Queensland would be disappointed with the QCA’s final recommendations.
“Energy affordability is the number one priority for many Queensland families, whether they live regionally or in the south east,” Mr Henley said.
“So it’s vital this issue is addressed as too many households and businesses are being disconnected and cut off from this essential service.”
Mr Henley said a decrease in fixed daily service fees would provide some reprieve, but many users, such as large families, would still be adversely affected by their power bills.
The QCA’s final price determination also means a price hike of around 12% for farmers in regional Queensland.
“Small business owner/operators are important employers in the regions and are vital to secure and maintain good economic and social outcomes for rural and regional communities,” Mr Henley said.