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Report indicates failure
to meet electricity needs

by Elise Martin

Queensland residents should expect improvements to the State’s electricity industry, after an independent report showed governmentowned power companies could not sufficiently meet consumer demands.

The report titled Electricity Distribution and Service Delivery for the 21st Century found Energex and Ergon had failed to match capital expenditure with distribution demand. Premier Peter Beattie promised an immediate fix to the situation earlier this week, however Electrical Trade Union state secretary Peter Simpson said it could take up to two decades.

Division 2 Councillor Anna Grosskreutz said the report’s findings would come as no surprise to residents in her division. “Residents in my area have complained for as long as I have been in the division about power supply. The Government now has the information it needs to make substantial changes to Energex and Ergon,” Cr Grosskreutz said.

“It’s my opinion Premier Beattie should go headhunting, and with the money saved at the top level redeploy these funds to employ more staff at the most important level: maintenance,” she said. State Member for Glasshouse Carolyn Male said she was pleased by Premier Peter Beattie’s promise to implement the reports recommendations.

“Glasshouse, Beerwah and Mooloolah have all benefited from additional works by Energex over the past couple of years, but there is still more to be done in all areas,” she said. “I am also keen to see a vast improvement in the operation of the call centre, especially during the storm season. Many local residents have complained to me about the Energex call centre, and I am pleased that their procedures will be overhauled and upgraded.”

“We view this matter as serious, the government expects Energex to deliver and we will be working closely with energy suppliers to ensure the weaknesses in the system are fixed.”

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.