De­ci­sion not fi­nal: Gartrell

Townsville Bulletin - - News -

TOWNSVILLE City Coun­cil­lor Ray Gartrell has warned the city’s wa­ter sys­tem de­ci­sion is fac­ing one last ob­sta­cle.

Mr Gartrell said yes­ter­day’s de­ci­sion was still sub­ject to ap­proval from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment.

‘‘ This is a pos­i­tive step to be plan­ning our next bud­get around res­i­dents hav­ing a choice be­tween a two-part tar­iff sys­tem and the old fixed-price al­lo­ca­tion, but the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment still needs to con­firm this meets their re­quire­ments,’’ he said.

‘‘ I re­cently called for our bu­reau­crats to go to Can­berra to ad­dress the is­sue face-to-face and it was pleas­ing to see a res­o­lu­tion to­day where we will be meet­ing with the fed­eral min­is­ter to put our case.

‘‘ Our cli­matic con­di­tions and so­cial im­pacts are dif­fer­ent to other ar­eas and need to be con­sid­ered.’’

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