Power bill hike looms

BUNDABERG Regional Council's electricity bill could rise by as much as 20% from July 1 if the State Government accepts recommendations put forward in a draft report by the Queensland Competition Authority.

The rise could mean Bundaberg Regional Council's estimated annual $5 million electricity bill jumps to $6 million if the proposed price increases and service fees are implemented.

The government commissioned the report by the QCA, calling for an alternative retail electricity pricing methodology and an alternative set of retail tariffs, but it will not decide on the proposals until the end of the month.

The proposals could mean that councils would have to pay individual service fees for every unmetered connection, rather than a set flat rate.

Bundaberg Regional Council CEO Peter Byrne said any increase in electricity prices would be very concerning and something the new council would have to consider in the budget.

"Naturally any increase to our costs would affect how the council allocates rate funds and we would have to re-assess priorities and what services we offer," Mr Byrne said.

"Hopefully the government will look very carefully at the implications of these changes to the legislation and consider the negative financial impact on local governments."

State energy minister Mark McArdle said he was looking at the report closely and was "very concerned".

"I am considering this matter carefully and will be making a decision in due course," he said.

But one industry source, who does not wish to be named, claims the new service fees are a done deal and that the council faces a significant bill hike from July 1.

"It's a service fee for the privilege of having an electricity connection," he said.

"It will apply to things like public amenities, car parks and public barbecues."

A decision is due by May 31.

Topics:  bundaberg regional council electricity energy power qca queensland government

Witnesses claim couple were 'thrown' from car after crash

Ambulance generic

The crash happened about 2pm with no injuries reported

Woman taken to hospital after crash

Woman taken to hospital in stable condition

Fuel attracting recreational flyers to Gayndah

FILLING UP: A pilot refuels at the Gayndah airfield.

Reopened aerodrome drawing more planes.

Local Partners

Get help at financial info day

A FREE information day to help anyone in need of financial help or advice is being held today as part of Anti-Poverty Week.

Men's Shed to open soon

MEN'S SHED: Rob Miller and Col Driver at the new Gayndah Men's Shed.

The Gayndah Men's Shed is ready to open

Former Split Enz front man Tim Finn finds new niche

Singer Tim Finn has written the music for theatre production Ladies in Black.

Musician finds his way to theatre

Workshops to show you how to bring puppets to life

STRING SECTION: Two puppet-making workshops will be held in the region.

Ever wanted to know how to make puppets?

Azealia Banks won't take legal action against Russell Crowe

Rapper Azealia Banks

Rapper drops legal action against Russell Crowe

Brad Pitt meets with his kids amid divorce proceedings

Actor Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt has met up with his oldest son Maddox

Pictures of Taylor Swift allegedly being groped are sealed

They could "complicate jury selection".

Bruce Springsteen finds therapy useful

Singer Bruce Springsteen

Singer encourages others to seek help

Kerry Washington wants one more child

Kerry Washington recently gave birth to her second child

Kerry has only just become a new mum again

TRAVEL: Musicals light up Sydney

David Campbell performs in Dream Lover.

We take a trip through one of Sydney's finer scenes

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

What our mayor thinks of the new draft SEQPlan

The plan to use the innovative technology as part of the new Maroochydore CBD was cemented on site today when Mayor Mark Jamieson and Envac Asia Region president Chun Yong Ha formally signed the contract for the $20 million underground waste collection system.

New plan accommodates Sunshine Coast Council's vision for growth.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track