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MORE Ma­reeba busi­nesses need to com­plete the Busi­ness Elec­tric­ity Sur­vey that aims to help lower power bills.

So far 151 people have com­pleted the sur­vey but to get the clear mes­sage to the Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion, cam­paign­ers need at least 200 busi­ness sur­veys com­pleted from the Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil area. The aim of the sur­vey is to lower power bills through a range of ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing a re­duc­tion in the un­avoid­able fixed charge com­po­nent of a power bill.

Queens­land Elec­tric­ity Users Net­work (QEUN) co­or­di­na­tor Jen­nifer Brownie said many Ma­reeba busi­ness­peo­ple had showed ini­tia­tive to re­duce costs by com­plet­ing the sur­vey but more were needed to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“We launched our on­line busi­ness sur­vey in Ma­reeba with a tar­get of 200 busi­nesses across the Ma­reeba Shire Coun­cil area,” she said.

“To date we have re­ceived 151 com­pleted sur­veys and the sur­vey closes on Au­gust 31.”

“Busi­nesses are very frus­trated as power bills rose again on July 1.

“Most busi­nesses be­lieve there is noth­ing they can do but this is def­i­nitely not the case.”

The Aus­tralian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion’s (ACCC) in­quiry into Elec­tric­ity Sup­ply and Prices must de­liver a pre­lim­i­nary re­port to the Fed­eral Trea­surer by Septem­ber 27.

Ms Brownie said most busi­nesses in Ma­reeba Shire couldn’t at­tend the ACCC meet­ing in Bris­bane and didn’t have the time to write a sub­mis­sion but they could still be heard if they filled in the QEUN’s on­line sur­vey.

The QEUN will pro­vide a re­port to the ACCC on the find­ings of the busi­ness sur­vey.

“All in­di­vid­ual re­sponses to the sur­vey are ag­gre­gated, al­low­ing a busi­ness to voice an opin­ion with­out be­ing iden­ti­fied,” she said.

“We en­cour­age as many types of busi­nesses as pos­si­ble to fill in the sur­vey from main street shops, to those lo­cated in industrial es­tates and in­clud­ing all types of farm­ing busi­nesses. To com­plete the on­line sur­vey visit

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