Hervey Bay Power Price Rise

Hervey Bay Power Prices Going Up Under Labor

by Ted Sorensen

* Hervey Bay household bills to increase under Labor Government
* Small businesses to be particularly hit hard by massive price hikes
* Palaszczuk Government unable to outline its plans for driving down electricity costs for families and businesses

Hervey Bay households and businesses are again being slugged with higher power bills, with the Palaszczuk Labor Government unable to outline its plans for driving down costs.

Member for Hervey Bay Ted Sorensen said the Queensland Competition Authority’s (QCA) determination for regional electricity prices showed the average household could expect a $41 increase in their power bill in 2016-17.

‘The increase will be even higher for households also utilising tariffs 31 and 33,” Ted said.

“I’m really concerned that local Hervey Bay businesses are facing double digit percentage increases to their bills.

“Typical small businesses on the main tariff will see their bills go up around $236, or 11.2 per cent.  For those businesses on the seasonal time-of-use tariff the average bill will increase by $660, or 15.8 per cent.

“Farmers and agricultural producers on transitional tariffs will see their bills increase by 12.3 per cent.

“This price hike will hit hard, considering some of the challenges facing Hervey Bay communities like high unemployment numbers and this will further limit the small business purse.

Ted said the QCA report showed network costs, the largest component of customers’ bills, was decreasing.

“This reduction relates to the decisions taken by the LNP when in government to strip billions of dollars of wasteful expenditure out of state-owned electricity companies and to put an end to the gold plating of the networks that drives up prices,” Ted said.

“The increase in prices we are seeing today is primarily in relation to higher energy costs. Unfortunately, the only policies we’ve seen from the Palaszczuk Labor Government are going to drive these costs up further.

“The government is even refusing to release a report which contains recommendations on ways of driving down electricity prices for Queenslanders in the long term.

“This again shows the Labor Government is asleep at the wheel, and unfortunately it’s Hervey Bay residents who are paying the price through higher power bills.”

Key facts:

* The typical household on tariff 11 will see an increase of $41.
* Typical small businesses will see their bills go up 11.2 per cent (tariff 20) and 15.8% (tariff 22).
*  Primary producers on transitional tariffs will see power bills increase by 12.3 per cent.
*  Labor’s renewable energy targets will cost $10.8 billion to implement.

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