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Regulator to assess Melbourne Water's price proposal
05 November 2015
The Essential Services Commission is seeking public comment on Melbourne Water’s proposed five-year plan for prices, tariff structures and services standards.
Melbourne Water is the wholesaler of water, sewage treatment and recycled water for Melbourne. It also has responsibilities for waterway health and stormwater management for greater Melbourne.
“The Essential Services Commission has received Melbourne Water’s five-year pricing proposal for the services it intends to deliver and the prices it intends to charge its customers, which we will now independently review,” Commission CEO David Heeps said.
“We encourage customers of Melbourne Water to view the proposal and have their say in the process,” he said.
Mr Heeps said the role of the Commission is to independently assess the proposal against relevant legal requirements and to ensure prices, tariffs and services are fair and reasonable.
“The Commission is very much the independent umpire in this situation. We’ll analyse and assess Melbourne Water’s submission, but we also want to hear from their customers and other interested parties,” Mr Heeps said.
Mr Heeps said the Commission is accepting written submissions on the proposal until mid-February 2016. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Commission will hold a public forum in February 2016 to gauge public opinion on Melbourne Water’s proposals for the 2016-21 period.
Details of the public forum will be posted on the Commission’s website and advertised in metropolitan newspapers.
The Commission will then consider the submissions alongside Melbourne Water’s proposal, and publish a draft decision for further consultation in March 2016.