Re­gional Queens­lan­ders get lit­tle relief from power bills

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

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