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Dalby maintains most affordable gas

20 June 2016

Council Spokesperson for Utilities Cr Peter Saxelby and Mayor Paul McVeigh at Council's gas station in Dalby, assure gas customers that Council is maintaining an affordable gas service in the 2016/17 Budget.


Council Spokesperson for Utilities Cr Peter Saxelby and Mayor Paul McVeigh at Council’s gas station in Dalby, assure gas customers that Council is maintaining an affordable gas service in the 2016/17 Budget.

Western Downs Regional Council’s gas customers can be assured that they’re getting a value for money service, with Council continuing to maintain affordable rates and charges that are significantly cheaper than other Queensland councils.

  • Council’s 2016/17 Budget places a strong focus on achieving long-term financial sustainability and delivering value for money services to our communities;
  • To ensure Council continues to deliver on the services that matter most to our communities, gas consumption and access charges will increase by 10% ($0.75 per week for the average connection);
  • Council’s gas charges remain significantly cheaper when compared to nearby councils;
  • The average cost per month for Western Downs’ customers is $31.99, significantly cheaper than neighbouring councils.

Council Spokesperson for Utilities Councillor Peter Saxelby said at the forefront of Council’s decision was to ensure that affordable quality services continue to be delivered to the Western Downs region.

“Despite the increase, Council is still maintaining affordable gas charges for our customers that are much cheaper than our neighbouring council areas of Toowoomba and Maranoa,” he said.

“We understand the cost of living pressures facing many of our residents, which is why we’re continuing to keep our gas charges low. With the average cost per month of $31.99, our gas customers pay a lot less when compared with the average cost per month in other Queensland councils.

“This Budget was all about striking the right balance between responsible financial management and seeking to maintain the delivery of essential services that are valued by our customers.”

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the economic reality of reduced revenue sources, increases in charges were necessary to ensure Council services continue to be reliable and sustainable into the future.

“It’s critically important to the future success of our region that we are financially responsible and operate within our means to continue to deliver affordable quality services to our communities,” he said.

“With our ratepayers at the forefront of our decision making, we have continued to make operational savings and efficiencies to enable us to maintain value for money utilities services for our customers.

“We’ve worked hard to get the balance right, and comparatively the increases on gas access and consumption charges are low which is a good outcome for our ratepayers.”

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