Ergon’s power play
a town which relies on tourism. I am just home from a great holiday with fantastic weather. Over Easter the town was buzzing with holidaymakers . . . the streets were full of tourists, shopping, enjoying a meal at the many fine restaurants or taking in the sun on the beach. Finally after the Queensland floods, the GFC and the high Aussie dollar the town was doing a roaring trade. It was fantastic to see Port Douglas so busy.
Enter the Gestapo from the Qld Government Office of Fair And Safe Work, who on Good Friday went from shop to shop reading the riot act on who was “legally” allowed to be open and who was supposed to be closed. Did they make an appointment . . . NO? Did they make contact with the Port Douglas Chamber of Commerce . . . NO? Did they leave a copy of the act with shop owners . . . NO? They harassed shop staff and management with threats and the possibilities of fines. They left shop owners, staff and shoppers bewildered and stressed.
Port Douglas is a tourist town that thrives on holiday makers. Imagine Port Douglas with over half the shops closed . . . who would walk up and down a desolate street . . . all businesses would suffer including restaurants, who are allowed to be open.
OH . . . and the Gestapo will be back on Anzac Day . . . this time to fine shop owners who should be closed.
Surely in a town that relies on and thrives on tourism all shops should be open.
Surprise, surprise (Cairns Post P3-31.3.12) electricity to households is expected to rise by 3.9% or $52 per year for average users, which is nearly 1% more than the consumer price index for the past 12 months.
There is more of course, if your household uses more than average then you will pay 7.6% more. These rises are on top of almost 70% in rises in electricity prices since 2006, which is when ergon decided that they needed to help the smaller electricity companies compete wth them (ergon) at our expense.
In 2006 Ergon sold $2.2 Billion in power to us, which cost them $1.2 billion to aquire from power generating companies.
In 2010 (2011 figures not available yet) Ergon sold $2.18 Billion in power to us, but only had to pay $925 million to aquire it.
This is a saving to Ergon of about 23% in their cost of power, and yet we are paying around 76% more.