Sunday, 17 November 2013

TasWater on developers

Councils under fire for delayed decision

Updated Sat 9 Nov 2013, 10:20am AEDT
The State Government has expressed frustration at councils deferring a decision on waiving charges levied by TasWater on developers.
Developers pay TasWater about $3 million a year in head works charges.
The State Government wants the fees waived and is offering to split the cost with councils but councils have deferred making a decision until next February.
The Economic Development Minister David O'Byrne says the money would make an enormous difference to the local economy.
"We believe the Tasmanian economy needs that support now," Mr O'Byrne said.
"We have put our money on the table.
"Ultimately we respect the role of local councils to make their own decisions but we are disappointed that it will take some time for them to make their final decision."
Master Builders Tasmania has accused the councils of using delaying tactics and showing disregard for the state's high unemployment rate.