Bundaberg households will save $300 a year under the LNP’s plan to cut power bills in regional Queensland, Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said today.
LNP Leader Deb Frecklington visited a Bundaberg family today to explain how she will slash bills by enabling private energy retailers to compete for customers in the regions.
“Consumers in Brisbane can choose from a long list of private energy retailers – but Bundaberg is stuck with just Ergon,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Labor is using electricity bills to levy a secret tax on regional Queenslanders, while competition is driving down power prices in Brisbane.
“I refuse to treat families in Wide Bay like second-class consumers.
“The LNP will allow retail competition in the regions for the first time ever and we will slash the average household bill in Bundy by $300 a year.”
The typical household would save $1200 over the course of the next four-year Parliament if the LNP wins the state election in October 2020.
The LNP’s plan would provide a community service obligation (CSO) to Ergon Energy to reduce the cost of energy distribution – a plan backed by the Queensland Productivity Commission.
Member for Bundaberg David Batt said high power bills were hurting families across Wide Bay.
“It’s time Bundy households got the same deals that Brisbane consumers get,” Mr Batt said.
“Labor have hit this community with higher bills and more tax – it’s time to give families a break.”
Member for Burnett Stephen Bennett said the LNP was focused on helping regional communities.
“The LNP wants to end the divide between Brisbane and the regions and we’ll start by ensuring every Wide Bay family can get cheaper electricity,” Mr Bennett said.