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Queanbeyan loses the water abstraction fight

By johnboy - 5 October 2011 7

The Canberra Times reports that Queanbeyan City Council’s High Court tilt at what they get charged for water be Actew has been shot down unanimously.

The judges’ decision to dismiss the appeal finally brings certainty regarding the future of millions of dollars in charges paid into the territory’s coffers.

Although the council at one point decided to withhold money from the ACT because of the legal fight, Mr Overall said the city had since been paying up and would not have to foot a mammoth bill.

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Queanbeyan loses the water abstraction fight
davo101 6:01 pm 05 Oct 11

QCC said :

The legal costs are totally funded from Council’s reserves in the water fund and will not impact on the services Council provides

Righto, it’s all OK because we already took the money off you and your services have already been affected.

caf 2:13 pm 05 Oct 11

EvanJames said :

The Quangers mob need to creep out in the dead of night to Googong and set up a discreet syphon off the main pipe…

No doubt they have plenty of residents skilled in the art of discreet night-time syphoning.

p1 2:12 pm 05 Oct 11

Pretty sure I read today that Queanbeyan would have to pay their own costs, but had a fund already to cover it.

Although I would have thought that meant that while rate payers might not have to make extra payments to cover the legal cost, that is only because they already have paid them.

QCC 12:54 pm 05 Oct 11

The legal costs are totally funded from Council’s reserves in the water fund and will not impact on the services Council provides

EvanJames 12:41 pm 05 Oct 11

The Quangers mob need to creep out in the dead of night to Googong and set up a discreet syphon off the main pipe…

johnboy 11:57 am 05 Oct 11

My understanding is that if the High Court agrees to hear a case the commonwealth picks up the tab. Not sure if it applies here.

davo101 11:55 am 05 Oct 11

From the article:

“The Queanbeyan Mayor Tim Overall said legal costs incurred would not be passed on to the border town’s rate payers.”

So they are going to pay their legal bills with magic money?

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