Logan City Council votes to resume control of water

ByRick Schafer
Source; Our Logan Our City Magazine Vol. 12 Oct 2011

Logan City Council has unanimously voted to resume direct control of water and sewerage services in Logan, with the new arrangements to begin from 1 July 2012.

Council was determined to have greater control over keeping operational expenses as low as possible and ensuring quality services were delivered to residents and ratepayers.

This, together with the State Government’s decision that Gold Coast City Council would have to pay all costs to get out of Allconnex Water, drove the unanimous decision on 23 August to take back local water and sewerage management.

In April, the State Government gave Logan, the Gold Coast and Redland city councils the option to leave Allconnex Water, which was created by state law. Since then, Council has worked hard to come up with a decision that is in the best interests of the community, knowing that times are tough financially for many ratepayers, businesses and residents.

Logan City Council has written assurance from Minister for Energy and Water Utilities, Stephen Robertson, that Gold Coast City Council will be liable for any costs associated with dissolving the Allconnex business and re-establishing a customer service focused water business under Council’s control.

The decision will ensure improved services for Logan’s water consumers, but it will not mean lower water prices as Council has no control over the cost of bulk water, which is set by the State Government.

Logan has been public in its opposition to the State Government’s decision in 2007 to take water distribution and retail away. Now, for the first time since the State Goverment’s water reform program started, Logan City Council is in a position to make its own decisions about water, other than bulk water, which the State Government still controls.

Logan has a proud record of managing and operating water and sewerage through the former Logan Water, and is committed to continuing this when control is resumed next year.

Council believes the decision will also provide certainty to staff affected over the past few years by ongoing changes.

Logan has also resolved to continue supporting a regional approach for providing water and sewerage infrastructure, believing there can be savings for all ratepayers and residents by working together to plan and deliver these services in the future.

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