Councillor Andrew Connor successfully moved a motion to reject the Tasmanian Government’s takeover of TasWater at Meander Valley Council’s May meeting.

The motion directed the council’s TasWater rep to support a motion from Brighton Council to be presented at a LGAT special meeting this week which formally rejects the proposed takeover of TasWater by the State Government.

Cr Connor said, “The State Government has cherry-picked the stats they are presenting in their campaign to takeover TasWater, for example; 24 towns being on boil-water alerts (all will be removed by August 2018) and the number of water and sewerage breaks compared to mainland utilities (TasWater uses more stringent metrics) so it’s like comparing apples and oranges.”

Even though boil water alerts currently affect around two dozen towns, the actual number of residences affected amounts to little more than 1,000 statewide, less than 1% of TasWater’s customer base.

Cr Connor said, “The most worrying impact of the proposed TasWater takeover is that from 2024 when dividends are cut in half, Councils will have to find that money in their own budgets… that means either rates will go up or services will be cut… all for a $10 per quarter saving on water and sewage charges as promised by the State Government.”

The motion also agreed to contribute up to $10,000 towards communicating Council and LGAT’s position to the public.

Cr Connor added “It’s important that councils and LGAT share the very valid reasons why TasWater is working well and should stay in Council ownership for the benefit of all Tasmanians”
Andrew Connor – Meander Valley Councillor,