What is Unite Against Unitywater?
Unite Against Unitywater is a volunteer organisation concerned about the formation of a bureaucratic monopoly to manage community water supply and services. As an independent body it is no longer answerable to the community for the services it provides and the prices charged for those services. As a monopoly there is no benchmark for performance or incentive to provide a cost efficent service. The services provided by Unity Water used to be provided by the council, and the cost of providing the service was part of the rates fee charged by the council. Now the water charges are a hefty charge in addition to rates. In effect our rates have increased, as we now pay two bills instead of one bill for rates which included water.
Same water, same delivery system for the water, but now it costs much more and the price is expected to continue to increase.
To keep up to date with the latest in regard of this essential issue that effects everyone of us, firstly email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and join our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/UNITE-Against-UNITY/273031486115534
Facts and Figures
Detailed information about water services and Unity Water
Queensland Competition Authority Draft Report
SOUTH-EAST QUEENSLAND WATER [DISTRIBUTION AND RETAIL RESTRUCTURING] ACT 2009
49 Group directions
(1) A distributor-retailer’s participating local governments may
give it a written direction (a group direction) about the way
the distributor-retailer is to perform its functions.
(2) However, the direction may be given only if—
(a) it has been decided to be given by—
(i) all of the local governments; or
(ii) the type of majority of them (the required
majority) required under the distributor-retailer’s
participation agreement; and
(b) all of the local governments or the required majority—
(i) are satisfied the direction is necessary and in the
public interest of the distributor-retailer’s
geographic area; and
(ii) have asked the board to advise all of the local
governments whether, in the board’s opinion,
complying with the direction is consistent with the
performance of the distributor-retailer’s functions.
49A Individual directions
(1) This section applies for any participating local government
(the council) of a distributor-retailer.
(2) The council may give the distributor-retailer a written
direction (an individual direction) about the way the
distributor-retailer is to perform its functions relating to the
council’s local government area about any of the following—
(a) charges mentioned in section 99BOB(b) and (c);
(b) the distributor-retailer’s annual capital works program
under section 100B.
(3) However, the council may give the direction only if—
(a) it is satisfied the direction is necessary and in the public
interest to the extent it relates to the local government
(b) it has given the board and other participating local
governments of the distributor-retailer a notice—
(i) stating the proposed direction; and
(ii) asking the board for its written opinion about the
direction within the required period; and
(c) it has considered any written opinion of the board given
to it within the required period; and
(d) its compensation liability because of the effects of the
direction has been agreed or decided under section
(4) The opinion may include an amount claimed for, or
particulars of, the compensation liability for the
distributor-retailer or all or any of its other participating local
(5) In this section—
required period means the following period after the giving of
the notice—(a) generally—1 month;