Ministerial Statement Reform of the Power and Water Authority Six months on
Tabled paper 1301
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Barry Coulter
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6 Mr Speaker, miscellaneous charges have not changed for some time. Cabinet recently approved the outcome of a review of miscellaneous charges for PAWA services to bring them into line with actual costs and the charges for similar services in other jurisdictions. These revenue measures are expected to raise $750,000 in 1999/00. Preliminary negotiations have commenced with ERA to supply electricity to the Ranger and Jabiluka mines via a proposed 132 kilovolt transmission line. Support will be required from the Commonwealth and from Aboriginal owners. The Minister for the Environment and the Northern Land Council have been advised of the proposal. At this stage we are focusing on the commercial aspects of the project. If it works for both parties, PAWA will then formally seek all the necessary approvals. Mr Speaker, a private sector operator, Wedmill Pty Ltd, has approached the Authority seeking to bottle Roe Creek bore water at the source for sale. A draft licence for facility use and a water supply agreement have been submitted to the proponents. This is currently under consideration. Although this is a relatively small project, financial modelling shows a significant commercial return. Income of a t least $50,000 per annum is anticipated from this project if it proceeds. An audit of sanitary fixtures for all commercial premises has identified approximately 320 additional sanitary fixtures. To date about half of PAWAs customer commercial premises have been audited. The additional revenue for those fixtures already identified is approximately $60,000 per annum, and it is expected that finalisation of the audit will identify additional revenue of over $100,000 per annum. 6