Power price con­cerns aired

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

RES­I­DENTS and busi­ness own­ers wor­ried about ris­ing power prices in Townsville have aired their con­cerns at a pub­lic fo­rum or­gan­ised by the Australian Com­pe­ti­tion and Con­sumer Com­mis­sion.

The cor­po­rate watch­dog held its re­tail elec­tric­ity pric­ing in­quiry fo­rum at Ry­dges South­bank last night, with sub­mis­sions rang­ing from the vi­a­bil­ity of so­lar power to con­fu­sion around of­fers from en­ergy com­pa­nies.

Townsville Cham­ber of Commerce board mem­ber Michael Ko­pit­tke said he was told the num­ber of at­ten­dees and sub­mis­sions were greater than a sim­i­lar fo­rum in Bris­bane.

“The three ma­jor items that came out were the lack of com­pe­ti­tion in re­gional Queens­land, the large in­crease in ser­vice charges and the ef­fect of that on con­sumers,” he said.

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