Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has called for the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) to hold a public hearing in Tamworth as part of the review into prices for WaterNSW’s Rural Bulk Water Services.


Mr Anderson said only two regional hearings have been scheduled and neither of them are located in the Peel Valley where water users pay the highest prices in the state.


“It is outrageous to think that when conducting public hearings into rural water pricing, there are only two hearings being held in rural areas.


“I am fighting hard for a fair go for local water users in the Peel Valley and I know that IPART would get a huge benefit from coming to our local region and hearing from the people that are most hard done by through inequitable pricing structures.


“Water users in the Peel Valley pay a significant amount of the cost to maintain Chaffey Dam yet are only allowed to use 5 per cent of the water with 95 per cent of the water flowing through the Peel River system and into the Namoi Valley.


“We’ve previously had a hearing from the ACCC and I feel that local water users had their voices heard, all I’m asking is for IPART to show that same courtesy so that we can find a solution and a way forward.


“There is pain and frustration amongst our local water users and they want their voices to be heard.


“The future growth of our city and the future of farming in our region depend on the water price pressure easing which is why we need IPART to come to the source and hear from our local community.


“We need fair and equitable pricing and I urge them to hold a hearing in Tamworth,” Mr Anderson concluded.

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