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Powell Media Release – Have your say on Queensland’s electricity future (11 September 2013)

Glass House residents and businesses are being encouraged to speak up on the future of the State’s electricity.

Residents are now able to access and provide feedback on the Newman Government’s 30-year Electricity Strategy discussion paper released as part of the current Six Month Action Plan.

Member for Glass House, Andrew Powell MP said it was a chance for consumers to make sure they had their say in shaping the final 30-Year Electricity Strategy.

“The strategy will be released next year and is another item we’re ticking off on the July- December 2013 action plan,” Mr Powell said.

“Local residents, businesses and industry members now have the opportunity to give their views on the changes needed to address the immediate and long-term challenges for Queensland.

“This is a great state with great opportunity but we must make sure Glass House consumers play a part in this significant reform.”

Minister for Energy and Water Supply Mark McArdle said the Government could not attempt to put in place a long-term strategy without input from Queenslanders.

“The Newman Government is working hard to address the build-up of costs which are driving the unsustainable electricity price rises we have seen over the past few years,” Mr McArdle said.

“This is about working together.

“Having a strong electricity supply system relies on government and industry working together to establish a common understanding of the issues facing the sector and negotiating a way forward on key issues.”

The discussion paper is available at www.dews.qld.gov.au, with submissions closing on 6 December 2013.

[ENDS] 11 September 2013

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