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    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Newman Government’s Legislation Reforms SEQ Bulk Water Industry

    Minister for Energy and Water Supply
    The Honourable Mark McArdle

    Thursday, November 29, 2012

    Newman Government’s Legislation Reforms SEQ Bulk Water Industry

    The Newman Government is a step closer today to delivering on its commitment to simplify the complex, costly bulk water supply sector and reduce cost of living increases pressures for SEQ households.

    The South East Queensland Water (Restructuring) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2012 – passed by Parliament today   provides for the merger of the SEQ bulk water businesses into a new bulk water supply authority.

    It also abolishes the Queensland Water Commission (QWC) on 1 January 2013.   Importantly, the QWC’s role in planning for regional water security will be taken on by the new bulk water supply authority.

    Water Supply Minister Mark McArdle said merging the three SEQ bulk water entities (Seqwater, LinkWater and the SEQ Water Grid Manager) and abolishing the QWC, would reduce the cost of supplying drinking water across the region.

    “The transition from the current three bulk water businesses to a single bulk water supply authority servicing SEQ,  will reduce board and executive costs and enable the new business to rationalise administrative and corporate costs,” he said. 

    “The consolidation marks an important step in simplifying the complex industry structure put in place by the former Labor Government.

    “This Bill delivers a water industry model that supports SEQs longer-term supply needs – at the least cost to the community.”

    Mr McArdle said that, with nearly-full storages and a strongly embedded, water-efficient ethos within the community, the continuing need for the QWC had passed.

    “The Government is committed to planning properly for Queensland’s future water needs, and creating a sustainable water supply that meets the needs of households, businesses and industry,” he said.

    “Unlike the previous Government, we do not subscribe to the ‘build at any cost’ mantra.

    “Cutting duplication and creating a single, more streamlined water authority will deliver improved planning and efficiencies for the state’s future water needs.” 

    [ENDS] 29 November 2012

    Media contact: Minister’s Office 07 3896 3690