Water Rate Concerns
By Danielle Buckley
Dec. 19, 2013, 10:29 a.m.
The housing block, located in north Forbes, is made up of 13 one bedroom units, where tenants each currently pay $9 per fortnight.
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Tony Higgins has been a tenant in the block for 18 months and he believes that this amount is almost three times more than other community housing water rates.
“Others in community housing pay just $3.10 per fortnight which means they pay only $80.60 per year per house and we pay $234 per year per unit for the same water,” he said.
“I’m just upset about paying three times more than what Housing NSW are being charged themselves.”
While the Forbes Shire Council set the water rates for the town, they charge Housing NSW who in turn bill their tenants
Current Housing NSW tenancy agreements declare that the water rate is set at 4.7 per cent of tenants rent, up to a maximum of $7.
Yet at this rate, the pensioners are paying more than the Shire Council are charging Housing NSW.
Mr Higgins is frustrated with this and believes that as tenants of community housing, their discounted rent should not mean they pay more for water and other amenities.
“With our consumption under the shire council’s water rates we should have paid $790 for the past 12 months, instead we have paid a staggering $3042,” he said.
“In my opinion, community housing should not be trying to recuperate some of the subsidy that we’re getting as pensioners in water rates,” he said.
While the water rate charged by Housing NSW is set and therefore consumption should not alter the water bill, a spokesperson for the Department of Family and Community Services said if charges are high it is because of excess usage.
“Tenants are responsible for excess water usage but Family and Community Services does not apply any additional administrative charges on top of this,” the spokesperson said.
“Some tenants receive higher bills than they expect, but this is generally found to be due to them maintaining a garden or having a large family.”
Yet neither Mr Higgins, nor any of the other tenants have families and as Mr Higgins explains, none of the tenants are avid gardeners.
They Gave Me a Bill I asked to Prove How many Litres of Water Ive used?
Posted on September 16, 2012
So how is it our Servants ie a public authority can ignore section 53 of our constitution
Weights and measures legislation along with their mission and statements of values ? unless government like criminals who ignore the law likewise ignore our constitutional requirements for which precious blood was shed!
ICAC target Nick Di Girolamo was paying himself a salary of more than $1 million a year at Australian Water Holdings while the firm was on the brink of collapse. The businessman’s company also donated $67,637 to the Liberal and National Parties from 2008 to 2011 as it sought to resolve a contract dispute with Sydney Water despite Treasury advice saying it had “net assets worth $36”. ICAC, which will begin hearings into Australian Water Holdings on Monday, announced it would broaden its inquiries to look at Mr Di Girolamo’s salary and that of other AWH executives. Mr Di Girolamo was eventually forced out of the company in April 2013 with “a token payment” after he had the firm take a $5 million loan from four business people and was unable to pay it back, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
Senator Sinodinos, who is due to give evidence to the ICAC next week, was paid $200,000 plus bonuses for “a couple of weeks’ work’’ for serving as an AWH director.
Senator Sinodinos last week stepped aside as assistant treasurer pending the outcome of the ICAC hearing. He has denied wrongdoing.
Earlier, Dr Schott said former NSW premier Nathan Rees had referred to Australian Water Holdings in conversation as a “bunch of crooks’’.
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