Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has lodged a petition on behalf of Tamworth residents, the business community and irrigators in the Peel Valley to introduce a fair and equitable method for regulated water usage.


Mr Anderson said that the water usage charges proposed by State Water will have a serious impact and are grossly discriminatory on the farmers, residents and the business community in the Tamworth region.


“The petition contained over 500 signatures and this is an issue that I have been working hard on with a number of key stakeholders to fix.


“The petition highlights the anger by the local community in regards to the high cost of water being charged in the Peel Valley.


“We are charged twice the amount compared to those users in the Namoi Valley yet they get a percentage of their water from the Peel Valley, as the Peel Valley water flows into the Namoi River. We are also charged 10 times more than other valleys in the state.


“I have also lodged a submission with the ACCC and proposed a number of changes including the call for a uniform charge for bulk water entitlement charges and consumption charges across the Murray Darling Basin.


“We are now part of the one basin and we should be all paying a uniform price for bulk water. Such a system would be fair and equitable.


“I have recently met with the Minister for Land and Water Kevin Humphries and I look forward to progressing with this serious issue and finding a balance in the pricing of our water.  


“I thank everyone for signing the petition and I will continue our push to get a better deal,” Mr Anderson concluded.



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