I WRITE to protest about the sleight of hand the Whitsunday Regional Council has just attempted with regards to water access charges on commercial proper- ties. I operate my business from the 121 Centre and I have 78m2 and access to one tap in my kitchen sink. In the business centre we have 25 tenancies, each of similar sizes each being charged approximately $600 per half year, not for water but for the access to water. We pay for water usage on top of this. That equals approximately $30,000 per annum to connect a pipe to the front gate.
With the exception of two or three business such as the doctors surgery, most of these units are commercial offices, with generally one tap at the kitchen sink.
This is a blatant cash grab to cover the ongoing mismanagement of council not only in previous administrations but what appears to be the current administration as well.
In a period where most business people have been struggling to keep their doors open, our council believe they are justified in slugging small business a 300% hike in a basic service.
I urge all business operators from commercial premises to take up this action and stop this price gouging. If this was a commercial operation, ASIC would surely investigate. Terry Archer HOME LOAN SPECIALISTS CANNONVALE