Low power bills for residents
FRASER Coast power bills are among the lowest in the state.
A Chronicle survey of 11 regions along the Queensland coast and into northern NSW places Hervey Bay and Maryborough at the bottom of the domestic charges ladder.
The average annual household power bill on the Fraser Coast is $1115. Annual power usage for the average household here is 6057kWh.
In Toowoomba the annual cost is marginally higher at $1121 for an annual usage of 6024kWh.
At the other end of the spectrum are Ipswich and Tweeds Heads.
In Ipswich the average annual cost is $1800 per household, with an average usage of 10,983kWh.
Tweed Heads residents are paying an average of $1700 for an average usage of 7000kWh.
While Fraser Coast power charges are not as hard-hitting in the home, Hervey Bay businessman Gary Richards is far from impressed with the bills landing on his work desk.
“My bills have just gone up from $6000 a month to almost $8000 a month. It's about $1800 extra each month.”
Mr Richards run three butcher shops with cold rooms, smoke rooms, freezers and 3-phase power implements all keeping the meter ticking over.
“I'm a big user, but it's beyond a joke what they're hitting us with,” said Mr Richards, who has about 20 employees.
“The recession has hit us hard in the last two years.
“The whole thing needs a big shake up. All we want is something that is fair to everyone.
“I'm trying to save a dollar to survive.”
Neither does he believe that household power bills on the Fraser Coast are acceptable.
“We have pensioners afraid to put on a fan. This government is absolutely off the planet.”