HOT SPOT: Young couple Kirsten Phillips and Denim Thompkins met for lunch at the Kershaw Gardens waterfall.
HOT SPOT: Young couple Kirsten Phillips and Denim Thompkins met for lunch at the Kershaw Gardens waterfall. MEGAN LEWIS

Power bill blow-out at Kershaw Gardens a worry for council

MAYOR Margaret Strelow has suggested looking into using solar power for the Kershaw Gardens waterfall after a monthly bill blew out to $12,000 late last year.

The normal monthly electrical cost to run the waterfall in North Rockhampton is $8000, totalling about $96,000 a year.

"It's good, it's nice, we love it, (but) is there something else we can do?" Councillor Strelow asked council officers at yesterday's Communities meeting.

The officers said they were currently investigating what caused the spike, and how to keep costs down.

According to the report for the Communities meeting, the waterfall had high consumption in July.

Council officers conceded $8000 was still quite high.

But the waterfall is only a drop in the ocean of council's overall electrical bill.

"Council has paid $4,850,000 so far this year, which includes six months of Livingstone Shire's electricity costs," council CEO Evan Pardon told The Morning Bulletin yesterday.

"Council has budgeted a total of $7.1million for the whole financial year."

Council earlier submitted funding applications for the Pilbeam Theatre, Art Gallery, City Hall Precinct and Dooley St depot for the installation of voltage power optimisation units to reduce consumption, but were unsuccessful.

Officers have been investigating facilities "chewing" electricity and reporting back to the council table.

Cr Cherie Rutherford yesterday queried why there had been a rise in the electricity bill for the Southside Pool, despite there being no heating in the winter months.

A council officer said they were investigating whether it was due to construction.



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