Residents unfairly penalised by Ergon Ergon's policy charges
BUNDABERG Regional Council seeks removal of 5% "headroom" Ergon Energy charge for residents .
Council has been successful with two motions relating to Telstra and Ergon Energy presented at a Local Government Association of Queensland conference recently.
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said many people in regional and rural Queensland were being unfairly penalised through Ergon Energy's current charging policies, which included a "headroom" charge of 5%, which had been implemented to encourage price competition among electricity retailers.
"However, there is no other provider available to local consumers to allow that competition in the Bundaberg region or regional Queensland which is serviced solely by the State Government owned Ergon Energy.
"The removal of the headroom charge could result in a 5% discount for local residents on their current power bills."
Cr Forman said the motions put forth at the Toowoomba conference related to an inquiry into Telstra's monopoly involving charges to local government for the removal or relocation of Telstra assets in road reserves and the unfairness of "headroom" charges applied by Ergon Energy to power bills.
"There were 104 motions put forward at the conference and it was heartening to see that member councils supported our initiatives.
"Council's Ergon Energy motion was discussed and adopted for action while the Telstra issue, due to lack of time, was accepted by LGAQ policy staff for referral to Telstra.
"I am pleased to report that the Telstra motion has had an immediate positive result with Telstra contacting Council and requesting a trial to improve the manner in which Telstra partners with local government including discussing the current fee structure.
Cr Forman said the accepted motions would be relayed by the LGAQ to the relevant agencies and government bodies and the results reported back to LGAQ member councils.