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Price hike on way as Unitywater confirms new costs

Unitywater chairman Jim Soorley
Unitywater chairman Jim Soorley Peter Gardiner

COAST residents will take another hit to hip pocket from next month after Unitywater confirmed prices were on the rise.

The expected average 81-cents-a-week rise for the utility comes after Sunshine Coast Council last week increased its average rates and levies by about a dollar a week.

Water charges will rise by about $42-a-year on average during the coming financial year.

Unitywater chairman Jim Soorley said the total rise for Sunshine Coast and Noosa residents included a 25-cents-a-week increase for combined water and sewerage access charges.

Mr Soorley said usage charges would remain the same for the fourth consecutive year.

"We understand the cost-of-living pressures and continue in our efforts to reduce operating costs and identify savings,” Mr Soorley said.

He blamed the majority of the utility rise on a seven per cent increase to the bulk water price.

"This increase will add approximately $28 to the average annual bill from 1 July 2017.”

He said some of the larger projects in which Unitywater would invest included a major upgrade of the Kawana Sewage Treatment Plant, infrastructure for the new Maroochydore CBD, two new major sewerage mains in the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and a water main diversion at Sunshine Coast Airport to accommodate the new runway.

Unitywater water/sewerage bills 2017-18

Average bill for Sunshine Coast/Noosa residential household (using 164kL per year)

2016-17: $1,389.75

2017-18: $1,431.85

Pensioner (using 29kL per person per year)

2016-17: $889.11

2017-18: $908.00

Topics:  increase noosa price rise sunshine coast unitywater water


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