The Nationals’ candidate Troy Grant has spoken out about the massive jump in necessities. Photo: BELINDA SOOLEThe Keneally Government is unconcerned with the needs of Dubbo households, says the Nationals’ candidate for Dubbo Troy Grant.
The Government should consider the impact of rising prices and it was “unfair” to expect the average household to “adapt overnight” to the rise in the cost of living.
“Residents are battling up to a 63 per cent increase in water prices, in addition to a rise in Country Energy’s electricity prices and an 8 per cent rise in their gas bills,” he said.
“It is unfair to expect struggling families to adapt overnight, particularly as these things are not luxury items, they are necessities.”
Mr Grant said the Government “should take more care to looking into the timing” so households weren’t hit “all in one go”.
From July 1 Dubbo households faced a jump in the cost of living that could see them dole out an extra $692 per year.
Energy Minister Paul Lynch said he “shared people’s disappointment” over the increases however the new electricity and gas prices had been set by an independent body created with the support of the NSW Coalition.
“(Troy Grant) should know that his party did not oppose the bill that made the IPART (Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal) the regulator of electricity prices,” he said.
“Perhaps, it would be more helpful if the National party candidate provided information on how people struggling with their bills can access the assistance measures the Government has put in place.”
Mr Lynch said the Government would provide more than $800 million in the next five years on a number of measures, including energy rebates.
However, the Coalition argued Labor mismanagement of State infrastructure had forced IPART to increase prices.
“By 2013 NSW Labor will have ripped up to $17 billion in dividends from the State’s retailers, but we have seen barely any of this being invested back into the infrastructure,” Opposition spokesman on Industry Duncan Gay said.
“NSW electricity customers are paying over and over again in their bills for the Keneally Labor Government’s incompetence and failure to manage the State’s infrastructure.”
Dubbo MP Dawn Fardell said the price hikes could force families to cut back on using the essentials.
“So it’s either going to be their health or something else in life to help pay for it. It’s going to be a huge impost on the community,” she said.
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