Unity Water Raises The Price Again

Unitywater has released its new pricing for 2011/12 t.

From 1 July 2011, Unitywater’s fixed water and sewerage access and water usage charges will increase by 3.6%.

This is consistent with the State Government’s decision to cap Local Government distributor-retailer residential and small business price rises at CPI for the next two years.

The price cap does not apply to the State Government’s bulk water charge, which will increase by 16.5% for Unitywater’s Moreton Bay customers in 2011/12.

The new pricing will result in an annual increase of $39, or about 11 cents a day, in Unitywater’s charges for the average three-person household in the Moreton Bay region. The State Government’s bulk water charge will rise by $47 in 2011/2012 for the average three-person household.

Last week, Moreton Bay Regional Council announced it would continue to provide a 50% subsidy on access charge increases for Unitywater customers in the Moreton Bay region in 2011/12.

Unitywater CEO, Jon Black, said pricing reforms outlined by the organisation in March, which aimed to standardise tariffs, fees and charges across Moreton Bay and the Sunshine Coast and shift the emphasis to user-pays, had to be postponed.

Mr Black said instead, the existing tariff structure for Moreton Bay customers would be retained.

“We are disappointed that we have been unable to pursue the reforms which were designed to simplify the current pricing system and deliver greater equity and transparency,” he said.

“We remain committed to those principles.”

Mr Black said trade waste and recycled water tariffs, fees and charges were unaffected by the state legislation and Unitywater had moved to simplify these prices and create greater consistency across its customer base.

“We have halved the number of trade waste charges from 80 to 40 in 2011/12 and the new structure reflects the environmental impact of different kinds of trade waste and encourages environmentally-friendly waste management practices,” he said.

Mr Black said Unitywater would continue to roll out investment in critical capital works to support population growth in the Moreton Bay region and meet the Government’s increasingly stringent environmental standards.

He said the organisation would borrow to fund these works and determine the price path to recover the cost over the life of the assets.

“Unitywater still has a responsibility to deliver this essential infrastructure, regardless of the price cap,” Mr Black said.

“Unfortunately, since the removal of the State Government subsidy for sewerage infrastructure in 2009, the burden of funding these works will fall on our customers.”


New adventures for active kids

From yoga at Suttons Beach and tumbling fun at Arana Hills to a junior boot camp at Caboolture, there’s something for all active kids these school holidays.

Mayor Allan Sutherland said Moreton Bay Regional Council’s popular free Active Kids Park Sessions were back with some brand-new activities.

“For the first time we’re offering a junior boot camp for primary school students, yoga sessions and a tumbling tigers toddler adventure for two to four-year-olds,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“Our popular gymnastics and sports adventures will also feature in our program these holidays.”

The Mayor said council organisers expect up to 1,200 children region-wide to take part in the sessions at 11 different locations between Monday June 27 and Sunday July 10.

“It’s free and you don’t need to book, so it’s a great opportunity to make sure the kids get some fun and fresh air,” Mayor Sutherland said.

“The sessions are designed to introduce new skills to children and parents in a fun, supportive atmosphere.

“We’ve tailored some activities to suit toddlers and others for primary school children. All are supervised by experienced and qualified staff.”

These school holidays there will be activities at Suttons Beach Park in Redcliffe, John Scott Park at Samford Village, Apex Park at Deception Bay, Morayfield Park Leisure Centre at Morayfield, Pebble Beach Common at Sandstone Point, Woodside Oval at North Lakes, Pine Rivers Park at Strathpine, Narangba Valley Sports Fields at Narangba, Leslie Patrick Park at Arana Hills, Wamuran Sporting Fields at Wamuran and Centenary Lakes Football Fields at Caboolture.

Participating children are asked to wear enclosed shoes, comfortable clothes and a hat and bring a water bottle, sunscreen and something healthy to eat after the session.

For further details, type Active Kids into the search engine of council’s website at www.moretonbay.qld.gov.au


Reminders on the way

Unitywater’s Moreton Bay customers are reminded that payment of their quarterly account, issued in April, was due on Thursday, 26 May, 2011.

Payment reminder notices are being mailed to customers from the week beginning 6 June. The April account covers the billing period from 1 April to 30 June, 2011. Customers should be aware that water usage charges are billed in arrears, and fixed water and sewerage access is charged three months in advance.


Payment options include B-PAY, Post Billpay, direct debit, cheque via mail, or payment at any Australia Post office using cash, cheque, debit card, Visa or MasterCard.

Unitywater would like to remind customers that interest of 11%, compounding daily, is charged on overdue amounts and interest charges will appear on the next account.

Unitywater continues to offer a range of payment plans, including interest-free instalment plans for eligible low income and financial hardship customers. The Unitywater Financial Hardship Policy can be downloaded at www.unitywater.com/Subsidies-and-concessions and copies are available at Unitywater’s Customer Service Centres.

If you have any queries about your account or payment options contact the Unitywater Customer Service Centre on (07) 5431 8333 from 8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, or visit www.unitywater.com/frequently-asked-questions.


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