Wa­ter war go­ing nowhere

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

THE Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment has opened the door for the Townsville City Coun­cil to drop wa­ter charges af­ter say­ing it was the coun­cil – not any other tier of gov­ern­ment – that in­tro­duced the con­tro­ver­sial two-tar­iff pric­ing struc­ture. Mayor Les Tyrell says the re­sponse from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment is merely ‘‘ nit­pick­ing’’ and an at­tempt to avoid a de­fin­i­tive an­swer on whether the coun­cil could go back to the old wa­ter sys­tem with­out jeop­ar­dis­ing $ 40 mil­lion in gov­ern­ment sub­si­dies. For ratepay­ers, it’s yet an­other ex­am­ple of be­ing the meat in the sand­wich in a war of words be­tween the Townsville City Coun­cil and gov­ern­ment over wa­ter charges. Can some­one please put their hand up and tell this coun­cil that it will not break any laws, and not jeop­ar­dise any fu­ture fund­ing, by go­ing back to the old wa­ter pric­ing pol­icy? This coun­cil is try­ing to pre­pare a bud­get. All the ratepay­ers want is some cer­tainty so the coun­cil can get on with the job of sav­ing us $ 17 mil­lion in wa­ter charges.

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