Council calls for joint attack on waterfor joint fighton water plan
By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au
CALLIOPE mayor George Creed has called on Gladstone City Council to work with them to fight The Queensland Competition Authority's (QCA) pricing recommendations, which would see water costs skyrocket.
Cr Creed took issue with a statement made by Gladstone mayor Peter Corones who this week said the QCA report would lead to Gladstone residents subsidising the water costs of surrounding shires.
'We (Crs Corones and Creed) should concentrate on fighting the common enemy, the QCA, rather than bicker between ourselves,'' he said.
However, Cr Corones said there was never any suggestion in his comments 'to have a go at our neighbour''.
'Of course we (Gladstone and Calliope) will pull together to achieve the best interests of our taxpayers,' he said.
'A price rise of the magnitude recommended by the QCA is intolerable and Gladstone City and, I'm sure, the Calliope shire, will fight it.'
He said Gladstone council's intention was to point out a glaring contradiction in the QCA report .
'On the one hand the QCA supports the user-pays principle where the price of water is determined by the distance it travels before being used, and on the other it says it's OK for one council to subsidise another.
'Cr Creed need not have any concern that we won't fight this thing together.'