Council supports ARC UP Campaign

Burdekin Shire Council is supporting the ARC UP Campaign which is calling for an immediate 33 per cent reduction in electricity prices.

Mayor Lyn McLaughlin said the continuing rise in the cost of electricity was affecting everyone in the Burdekin region.

“Our farmers are struggling with the high energy costs associated with irrigation, our residents are struggling with higher power bills and Council is being impacted through the increased costs of running street lighting and public facilities,” she said.

“The issue of increasing electricity costs is not going away and as there is no competing power companies, our residents and farmers don’t have any other option but to pay the increased fees.

“ARC UP joint spokesperson Debra Burden presented to Council and indicated that since 2006/7 and 2015/16 the network component of an average household bill had increased by more than 300 per cent.

“Council’s current electricity bill is $1.75 million and if that were to reduce by 33 per cent that would mean an immediate saving of $577,000.

“However, Council uses a wide variety of tariffs and this saving would depend on which of those tariffs were affected.

“If we can reduce our energy costs, we will have more money to spend on other capital infrastructure in our Shire.

“We, as a Council, felt it was important to show our support and encourage our residents to also show their backing for this campaign.”

The ARC UP Campaign is demanding the State Government – as the owner of the power companies – to drop regional electricity prices by 33 per cent. State Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth is supporting the community group by sponsoring a Private Member’s Bill in State Parliament.

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