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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 www.qeun.com.au.
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