Water Price Rises Locked In

Water Price Rises Locked In

Victoria Minister for Water Peter Walsh

Labor’s Legacy Hits The Hip Pocket Of Victorians

Victor P Taffa

Water customers will face further hikes in the price of water from July 1 as Victorians pay for the legacy left by the Brumby Labor Government.

Minister for Water Peter Walsh said the Victorian Coalition Government was concerned about the impact the rising price of water was having on vulnerable Victorians.

“The biggest price hikes will be felt in Melbourne, with price rises of 15 % for Yarra Valley customers and 14 % for South East Water and City West Water customers.” Mr. Walsh said.

“For the average customer, these increases equal an extra $118 a year on Yarra Valley Water bills, $100 a year on South East Water bills and $94 on City West Water bills.


“These price increases are locked in as part of the five-year water plans developed under the Brumby Government.”

Mr. Walsh said the Coalition Government was trying to ease the burden for the most vulnerable by boosting concessions for low-income households in the coming financial year.

“From July 1, the Coalition Government will increase concessions for water and sewerage at a cost of $62.9 Million to help more than 700,000 households.” Mr. Walsh said.

“It is estimated that an additional 32,000 households will receive water and sewerage concessions for the first time this coming financial year.”

Mr. Walsh said the former Labor Government failed to augment Melbourne’s water supplies in a sensible way to keep pace with population growth.

“For more than 10 years Labor ignored practical measures such as stormwater harvesting and recycling to augment Melbourne’s water supplies.” Mr. Walsh said.

“When storages fell to 28.4 % in June 2007, Labor panicked and announced the Wonthaggi desalination plant and the north-south pipeline at enormous cost to water users.”

“The bad news for customers is that prices will continue to rise to meet the full cost of Labor’s desalination plant, which will slug every Melbourne household an extra $400 a year for the next 28 years.”

Mr. Walsh said the Coalition Government was focused on increasing the city’s use of stormwater and recycling water to make households more self-sufficient and help them to reduce their water use.

“We have established the Living Victoria Ministerial Advisory Council which is reviewing the way we pay for water.” Mr. Walsh said.

“Subject to the findings of the Ministerial Advisory Council, we intend to base at least 60 % of the average water bill on consumption instead of fixed costs.” Mr. Walsh said.