Wa­ter charges

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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