LNP Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Steve Dickson.
LNP Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Steve Dickson. Chris McCormack

Dickson calls for water ‘fat cat’ cuts

THE LNP has called on the State Labor Government to put $6 million back in the pockets of water consumers by amalgamating south-east Queensland's bulk water entities.

LNP Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Steve Dickson said the four remaining water entities all paid huge executive salaries which could be slashed.

"SEQ Water, Water Secure, Link Water, the Water Commission and the Grid Manager have a combined total of 37 executives on six-figure salaries," Mr Dickson said.

"And guess where the Labor government finds the money to pay them …through our water bills of course!"

Mr Dickson said an amalgamation under the LNP's four-point plan to limit water price rises, would reduce the number of executive general managers from 17 to 4, board members from 16 to 5 and chief executive officers from 4 to 1.

"We’re not talking about job cuts to medium wage public servants. This is about cutting loose Labor's fat-cat bureaucrat buddies with their snouts in the trough.

"A great deal of that money would be better spent helping reduce water bills."

While Premier Bligh and Minister for Energy and Water Utilities Stephen Robertson recently announced the move to join SEQ Water and Water Secure, Mr Dickson said more drastic action was needed to help Queenslanders struggling with the rising living costs.

"It's not enough for the government to stand around pointing fingers anymore," Mr Dickson said.

"I am calling on Minister Robertson to immediately amalgamate the four remaining bulk water entities and give consumers some relief."



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