Residents have say on energy costs
Local residents have described how rising energy bills are impacting their daily lives at forums held across the electorate, hosted by Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy.
Mr McCurdy was joined by Shadow Energy and Resources, Innovation and Renewables Minister David Southwick at meetings held in Cobram, Yarrawonga, Wangaratta, Myrtleford and Bright last Tuesday.
‘‘We heard how the rising cost of energy is having a serious impact on Ovens Valley residents,’’ Mr McCurdy said.
‘‘Those in attendance told me how they feel frightened to use electricity because of the cost — that they are going to places like the town library where it is warm during the day rather than putting the heater on at home.
‘‘There are local residents who are turning off the heating and lights at night and going to bed early because they simply can’t afford the energy costs.’’
Mr McCurdy said other issues raised at the forums included the low feed-in tariff for solar, that renters and those most in need of assistance are being excluded from Labor’s solar panel scheme, and that scams are already emerging as a result of the program.
‘‘Most people indicated that they have noticed a huge increase in their energy bills in the past 18 months,’’ he said.
Mr Southwick said the high cost of energy was hurting all Victorians.
‘‘From mums and dads to small business to big industry — they are all feeling the pinch and that has impacts across the state,’’ Mr Southwick said.
Talking energy: Nationals Member for Ovens Valley Tim McCurdy and Shadow Energy Minister David Southwick (centre) spoke with residents across the electorate about soaring energy costs.