While everyone else across South East Queensland will see their bulk water prices increase slightly from July 1, Redlands residents face a big slug, almost double that of other council areas.
Bulk water costs on water bills will rise for Redland Residents by 7.3% or about $30 per household per year while other SEQ councils will see increases of about half that- 3.5% or $16 per year per average household.
According to Minister for Natural Resources Anthony Lynham Redland residents have been on lower price levels in the past and therefore have had smaller price increases in earlier years and now it’s time for catch up.
“The higher increases will see them catch up to the common price.”
The Minister has written to all SEQ councils advising them of the price of bulk water for the next three years.
“Last year the independent QCA was asked to review Seqwater’s proposed bulk water costs and to recommend prices for bulk water for the next three years. The QCA recommended two price path options and after carefully considering their report, the bulk water supply code, and stakeholder submissions, I have decided to implement the smoothed pricing option from 1 July 2018.”
“Under this price path, price increases are set over three years with all council areas reaching the common price of $3.12 per kilolitre on 1 July 2020.”
The Queensland Government provides eligible pensioners a subsidy of up to $120 each year off the cost of water access and usage charges for properties in South East Queensland.
Eligibility requirements and terms and conditions for the SEQ water subsidy can be found at https://www.qld.gov.au/community/cost-of-living-support/water-subsidy.