EDIT RIAL Li­cence hike headache

Yarrawonga Chronicle - - Front Page -

Goul­burn-Mur­ray Water (GMW) has em­barked on a dif­fi­cult process to con­vince res­i­dents with li­cences on fore­shore land that fee rises of more than 110% is “fairer” ”for all.

Send­ing let­ters to hun­dreds of li­cence hold­ers stat­ing their fees would at the very least be dou­bling and, in some cases sky­rock­et­ing above $1000, was al­ways go­ing to cause a back­lash.

Once that back­lash got into print and onto the air­waves, GMW claimed it was merely con­sult­ing but still did not have the de­cency to turn up to a meet­ing of con­cerned li­cenced hold­ers at Kir­wans Bridge who want noth­ing more than to be con­sulted with.

GMW is not a busi­ness. It is a statu­tory author­ity with no com­pe­ti­tion and holds a leg­is­lated mo­nop­oly.

If GMW de­crees fore­shore prop­erty own­ers must pay a li­cence on a long list of con­struc­tions, those prop­erty own­ers have no re­course and no way to ap­peal.

The only op­tion they have is to make their anger known, which they have done, loudly.

It is rare to see La­bor and the Coali­tion agree­ing on any­thing, but in this in­stance the of­fice of Water Min­is­ter Lisa Neville and op­po­si­tion spokesper­son for water Steph Ryan along with our lo­cal Mem­ber for Ovens Val­ley Tim McCurdy have all gone on the record ex­press­ing con­cerns about the is­sue.

For Ms Neville’s of­fice to have its depart­ment get in­volved to ‘‘work with’’ GMW is also note­wor­thy.

We can only imag­ine what kind of con­ver­sa­tions are tak­ing place be­hind closed doors.

With an elec­tion loom­ing noise like this is some­thing the min­is­ter would no doubt like to quickly si­lence.

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