News

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



Bush fire expected to burn for days near Biggenden

A bushfire has broken out near Biggenden

A bushfire has broken out in Biggenden

Mobile tourists flock to Bundaberg

Caravanners and campers spending an average $152 a night in our region.

Bundaberg is growing in popularity for caravanners and campers.

Third crash causes traffic delays

Two cars crashed at the intersection of Maryborough and Electra Streets.

Three crashes in one day has kept police busy

Local Partners

CMC Rocks faces fan backlash over date change, headliners

The 10th annual CMC Rocks festival will be headlined by The Dixie Chicks.

FANS are not happy about festival being pushed back by two weeks.

Kim Kardashian West attacked by man trying to kiss her bottom

Vitalii Sediuk targeted Gigi Hadid last week

Madonna poses naked in solidarity with Katy Perry

Madonna posted her own nude selfie on Instagram

Carlos Santana added to Bluesfest 2017 line up

Carlos Santana at Bluesfest 2013.

Calling all local black magic women

Disney to remake 'The Lion King', and it's live-action

The Lion King is coming back to movie theatres

And this time it's going to be live-action.

The Dixie Chicks to headline 2017 CMC Rocks festival

US country music group The Dixie Chicks.

ORGANISERS move festival dates to lock in US country music stars.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Developers boost confidence in Bundaberg property market

Slow and steady growth has always been Bundaberg’s way

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.