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Water in Canberra the most expensive in Australia

By Maelinar - 11 April 2008 31

The ABC have This story that our water prices are set to become the most expensive in Australia.

It closely mimics the recommendations of the 2007 report reported here

Incriminatingly, the rate rises will help pay for expensive infrastructure, that it would seem the Government is going to purchase for ACTEW. Benny Hill just turned in his grave, for somebody just started playing his soundtrack really loudly in Canberra.

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31 Responses to
Water in Canberra the most expensive in Australia
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Skidbladnir 4:47 pm
11 Apr 08
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Oi, Mods:
Some posts need proofreading and linkfixing before you hit the Approve for Viewing button…

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Mælinar 4:53 pm
11 Apr 08
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That is html gayness. the mce_href… stuff seems to be inherited after you post – I can assure you the proof didn’t read like that.

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Wide Boy Jake 5:00 pm
11 Apr 08
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WTF is all this about? The language of this site is English in case you’ve forgotten.

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Thumper 5:01 pm
11 Apr 08
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Linkies didn’t work….

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barking toad 5:03 pm
11 Apr 08
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You just back from lunch Maelinar?

perview should be your friend :)

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Joe Canberran 5:31 pm
11 Apr 08
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If Maelinar wasn’t just back from lunch it seems the mods are. Links seem to now be fixed and the html uglies are gone.

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caf 5:45 pm
11 Apr 08
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ACTEW is wholly owned by the ACT Government.

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madman 6:36 pm
11 Apr 08
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Caf…. You’re WRONG!

madman said :

“ActewAGL is made up of two partnerships, one retail and one distribution. ActewAGL Retail is a joint venture equally owned (via subsidiary companies) by AGL Energy Limited and by ACTEW Corporation Limited. ActewAGL Distribution is a joint venture equally owned (via subsidiary companies) by Singapore Power Limited and by ACTEW Corporation Limited.”

“The board of ActewAGL is made up of three members appointed jointly by the AGL Energy-owned partner and by the Singapore Power-owned partner and three appointed by the ACTEW-owned partners.”

It is half owned by Singapore Power Limited in conjunction with Alinta GCA Pty Ltd and the other half with the ACT Government.

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Jazz 6:43 pm
11 Apr 08
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There you go mael, all fixed now. I didnt check them closely before as i figured you’d done that enough times to get it right 😉

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poppy 9:21 pm
11 Apr 08
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Based on my own water bill (maybe roughly $800 per year, including supply charges), $150 per year is a lot higher than 3%. I would have thought I was fairly average, so somebody is not adding up right?

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Ari 9:31 pm
11 Apr 08
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madman said :

Caf…. You’re WRONG!

Madman, ummm, no.

Your own quote explains the situation. There are two quite distinct entities … ACTEW and ActewAGL.

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Deano 9:33 pm
11 Apr 08
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Did you know that even if you totally disconnect from the ACTEW water supply mains you still have to pay an ‘unconnected charge’, just for the privilege of having the pipes run past your house.

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Deano 9:39 pm
11 Apr 08
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poppy said :

Based on my own water bill (maybe roughly $800 per year, including supply charges), $150 per year is a lot higher than 3%. I would have thought I was fairly average, so somebody is not adding up right?

No, the increase in on your total water and wastewater bill.

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el 9:56 pm
11 Apr 08
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The “HTML gayness” has the ‘ACTEW’ link pointing to http://the-riotact.com/http

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poppy 10:06 pm
11 Apr 08
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“No, the increase in on your total water and wastewater bill.”

Sorry, Deano, it still doesn’t add up to me. My water bill of roughly $800 per year ($200 per quarter) includes water and sewerage supply charge, and water usage, for a 3 bedroom home with backyard, 2 people living there. Even if the average person uses a lot more water than us, $150 per year is much more than 3%. Something is wrong.

If $150 was 3%, that would mean a yearly water bill of around $5000. No ordinary household pays that much, even if you include supply charges, sewerage charges etc.

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