Report unlikely to affect water plans

THE Queensland Competition Authority's final report released last week is not expected to affect any plans by Calliope Shire Council to establish its own water supply. The council's chief executive officer Graeme Kanofski said Gladstone City Council's insis- tence on having a pricing system that would "disadvantage" Calliope Shire water users "will guarantee we will go our own way''. However, he said his council was not using the possibility of it setting up its own water supply as a big stick to bring Gladstone into line. Calliope Shire Council's preferred option is for pooling (equalising) of the water price while Gladstone's is non pooling (nonequalising) which would mean Calliope residents would pay more for their water.

In considering the traditional agreement of pooled pricing be-tween the two, the QCA in its preamble to the final report said although there was a lack of documentation, "the authority is of the view that, on the balance of probabilities, there is an agreement to pool prices between GCC and CSC''.

Mr Kanofski said Calliope Shire Council would go into any discussion with Gladstone with an open mind "and I am sure they (Gladstone City Council) will do the same''.

"We are fairly confident we will get the outcome that is in the best interest of the ratepayers before budget time,'' Mr Kanofski said.



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