Water war going nowhere
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.