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Liberals Ignore Councils on TasWater

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Today’s Local Government Association of Tasmania meeting on the government takeover of TasWater was a forgone conclusion.  The Liberal Government’s mind was already made up.

Treasurer and Local Government Minister, Peter Gutwein’s authoritarian attitude towards councils in his political quest is unbelievable.  He ignored TasWater’s pleas for funding and Greens’ questioning on the shocking state of Tasmania’s water and sewerage infrastructure for years, before making his snap decision to take over TasWater.

True Cost of Liberals’ TasWater Plan

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson 

The Liberals' highly political plan to takeover TasWater has received another blow today, with Chair Miles Hampton exposing the high cost Tasmanians will pay for the Liberals' plan.

Mr Hampton has issued a statement outlining the financial implications of the government’s plan for Taswater, most concerning of all the announcement that it would result in $600 million of extra debt to be carried by Tasmanian households.

Courtney’s Water Fail

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson 

Tasmania’s ailing water and sewerage infrastructure needs to be dealt with as a matter of urgency. The Liberals’ reckless and politicised handling of the matter, however, is almost beyond belief.

Sarah Courtney’s wild claims about household water and sewerage bills, and TasWater itself, don’t seem to be based on anything grounded in fact.

Miles Hampton, Chair of TasWater, has made it clear Ms Courtney’s claims are very questionable.

Northern Tasmania Can’t Risk a Compromised Launceston City Deal

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Northern Tasmania spokesperson

Northern Tasmanians welcomed the signing of the Launceston City Deal today.  There was still no funding, however, to address the city’s underlying, and crippling, issue – its ailing water and sewerage infrastructure.

The Launceston City Deal projects can’t flourish without the water and sewerage infrastructure underpinning the city being upgraded.  Increased development and population will only add to the already over-stressed, aging system.

Tasmania's Brand at Risk from Liberal Inaction on Water

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water and Tourism spokesperson

The Liberals' daily self-congratulation on water and sewerage is disingenuous.  After three years of neglect and dodging questions, they're now pumping out daily media statements on how critical sewerage infrastructure is, and congratulating themselves on their “plan”.

The Greens have been asking the government to tackle the State's water and sewerage woes since they came to office.  Their inaction has put the State's brand and premium produce at serious risk.

Gutwein Bullying Councils on Water

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

Minister Gutwein's options to councils for the funding of water and sewerage upgrades are cynical and politically motivated.  

Mr Gutwein has ignored the serious state of Tasmania's water and sewerage infrastructure for almost 3 years.  That it's taken him this long to come up with a handful of politicised dot points is unacceptable.

Auditor-General Report Confirms Need for State Funds for Launceston Sewerage Works

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

The Auditor-General's Report into Local Government Authorities and TasWater released today confirms TasWater's financial situation, and their inability pay for infrastructure upgrades on their own.

While TasWater aren't in financial dire straits, they're not able to foot the bill to upgrade Launceston's ailing water and sewerage infrastructure, in the order of hundreds of millions, by themselves.  It's time the Liberals chipped in for the project, critical to Northern Tasmania.

Government's TasWater Refusal Set to Hit Tasmanians Hard

Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens' Water spokesperson

It's not only TasWater who are being left hanging by the Hodgman Government's refusal to have a meaningful discussions about critical water and sewerage infrastructure funding, it's the Tasmanian community.  Every Tasmanian household will feel the effects of their petulance.

TasWater have said they will likely raise charges by 10% in the next two years.  This fee hike will hit disadvantaged Tasmanians the hardest.

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