LNP disentangles Labor’s water mess

30 Nov 2012 10:06 AMJann Stuckey

30 November 2012

Speaking in State Parliament this week, Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey congratulated the Newman Government for the passage of the South East Queensland (Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2012.

“The objective of this legislation is to deliver on the Newman government’s commitment to amalgamate the three south-east Queensland bulk water entities and establish a single integrated water authority responsible for delivering water to the region,” Ms Stuckey said.

“With the passage of this bill the Queensland Water Commission will be abolished given it was established in the height of a drought and is no longer needed.

“Any continuing functions of the Water Commission will transfer to the Department of Energy and Water Supply or the bulk water entity established by this merger. This is a common sense approach to creating and fostering an efficient, productive water sector.

“The merge will generate immediate cost-saving benefits and help restore accountability in the sector, and over time, also restore confidence of the residents in receiving low cost water.

“Customers’ needs will become the central focus of the new entity and ensure decisions made into the future focus on driving efficiencies and ultimately driving costs down.

“A comprehensive plan that has been developed to manage the future of south-east Queensland water will ensure that the incompetent mismanagement of the water sector is well and truly behind us.

“This year’s budget provided for an $80 rebate to domestic households in south east Queensland.  This rebate demonstrates that this government understands the cost of living pressures Queenslanders are dealing with every day and showcases our unwavering commitment to finally provide relief.

“The Newman Government will work with Queenslanders and with local councils to ensure water prices are kept as low as possible.

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Link to the debate, begins bottom page 53
http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/documents/hansard/2012/2012_11_29_DAILY.pdf