The 4350water Blog highlights some of the issues relating to proposals for potable reuse in Toowoomba and South East Qld. 4350water blog looks at related political issues as well.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Brisbane City Council claims Anna Bligh will privatise water ...

All it takes is a simple phone call to Brisbane City Council to discuss water charges and they'll tell you that things will all change as soon as SEQ water is privatised.

If the Council knows it will happen, and plenty of residents think it will happen, all that remains is for Anna Bligh to complete the aggregation of water and sewage assets (the appointment of the new Toowoomba Regional Council CEO may assist with this) and announce her privatisation plans.

She will have to mollify the unions (Anna Bligh's Chief of Staff, Mike Kaiser, jumped ship from Morris Iemma's office just as he was touting his power privatisation plans) but Anna Bligh will claim she has an electoral mandate to complete this.

The reality is that, without the privatisation of water and sewage, it's going to be hard to chip away at Qld's $74 billion (and rising) debt ...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commentary on water reform:

The future of the market
The establishment of a water market is an important part of the State Government's restructure of the water industry. The next piece of legislative reform to affect the water industry is expected in 2009, which is when the State Government intends to establish the new local government-owned distribution entities and retail businesses.

The State Government believes that these changes are at the very cutting edge of water reform.

Public attention, however, has been focused on local government concerns over possible repercussions of the water reforms, including the possible privatisation of the water industry similar to that recently seen in the Queensland electricity markets.

Another concern is that, while local government bulk water assets have been transferred to the Bulk Water Supply Authority, local governments remain responsible for the final distribution of water to consumers. The result is that local governments will have no role or control in the other upstream aspects of the water supply chain, which largely determine the price, quality and availability of water.

1:15 PM, March 23, 2009


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