As of 1 July 2012, the responsibility for water retailing and distribution shall be transferred back to the Gold Coast, Redland and Logan City Councils. However, Unitywater (owned by Moreton Bay and Sunshine Coast councils) and Queensland Urban Utilities (owned by Brisbane, Ipswich, Lockyer Valley, Scenic Rim and Somerset councils) shall retain their current responsibilities for their prospective areas.
It should be noted however that, although Council will be the water and wastewater service provider, the State Government will retain ownership of the bulk water supply. This includes the Hinze Dam and the desalination plant. The State Government will continue to set the wholesale price that Council pays for water.
It is unclear how the transfer of billing rights will affect consumers or prices associated with commercial applications for water and wastewater reticulation.
From 1 July 2012 all information regarding water and wastewater policy and billing shall be located on the relevant council website. For more information please visit council’s website or feel free to contact the office.