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    2018 - 07.03

    THE state’s peak welfare body has joined a chorus of groups urging TasWater to fix its failing infrastructure before paying dividends to councils.

    In a submission to the Tasmanian Economic Regulator’s investigation into sewerage and water charges, the Tasmanian Council of Social Service has urged the water company to prioritise consumers’ health and wellbeing.

    ‘‘We take this opportunity to express our strong contention that any and all profits resulting from the prices paid by consumers must be earmarked for infrastructure improvements necessary to TasWater meeting its health and environmental obligations,’’ it said.

    A submission by the Tasmanian division of the Property Council of Australia said it was ‘‘embarrassing and dangerous’’ that 20 TasWater treatment plants did not meet compliance standards.

    ‘‘It is laughable that due to the abundance of council municipalities, customers with the same connection size and residences less than 1500 metres apart would be paying different prices for water and sewerage provision,’’ it said.

    ‘‘Not only is that extremely difficult to understand and plainly unfair for homeowners, it also creates a level of red tape for developers and investors which is an inhibitor to economic growth in Tasmania.’’

    The submission said the council ‘‘firmly believes that the estimated profits should be reinvested into infrastructure development and not used to deliver reward payments to councils who failed to upkeep services over many years’’.

    Property management company Nekon Pty Ltd, run by businessman Robert Rockefeller, also brought into question the dividend policy.

    The company said it was disconcerting that TasWater had been allowed to divert $30 million to councils when there was ‘‘appalling environmental and public health non-compliance’’.

    TasWater chief executive Mike Brewster told a government business scrutiny committee in December that tens of millions of dollars would be spent in coming years to upgrade and decommission existing sewerage sites.

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