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BUDGET Estimates 2016 revealed
a CLP Government $40 million
‘top-up’ to split Power and Water
Structural separation of PowerWater
remains incomplete with additional $40
million operational funding and $18
million Indigenous Essential Services
clearly exposing the Giles CLP Govern-
Since 1 July 2014 when the CLP split
the Power and Water Corporation no an-
nual report or financial statements have
been presented to the Parliament.
After eight months PowerWater 2014-
15 financial statements are finally expect-
ed to be endorsed by the Auditor General
however with disclaimer of opinion re-
flecting unresolved reconciliation issues
and asset accounting problems.
Power and Water Board Chairman is-
sued strategic directions acknowledging
deep seated problems and wider conse-
quences of a poorly performing corpora-
tion citing failure to act and remediate
PowerWater finances brings substantial
Electricity and water prices become
higher than necessary.
PowerWater impact on the budget and
taxpayers is higher than necessary and
continues to increase through shrinking
High and increasing community service
obligation subsidies require additional
funds from the Northern Territory gov-
The Northern Territory Government’s
credit rating is negatively impacted by
the Corporation’s poor finances as over
reliance on borrowing causes Territory
public debt levels to increase.
The Labor Opposition warned separa-
tion of the Power and Water Corporation
into three separate company’s high risk,
rushed and potentially CLP Government
positioning to sell off public assets.
Estimates 2016 provided the detail that
structural separation has created signifi-
cant risks to the corporations operating
position and Territory taxpayer already
incurring 30% power, 40% water and
25% sewerage increases under the CLP.
Clearly rattled Chief Minister Giles
put the expensive CLP ‘spin machine’
into gear attacking Labor’s policy on
renewable energy ‘cherry picking’ data
provided by Territory Generation on
challenges of integrating solar energy
into existing networks.
Giles’ ‘media spin’ failed to report the
Estimates discussion around rapidly
changing and improving solar and battery
storage technology researched by Terri-
tory Generation preparing more targeted
renewable energy investments.
Territory Generation advised Estimates
of electricity market growth in the system
requiring additional generation and that
growth being serviced by solar, renew-
able or alternative energy sources in the
“The problem that we are facing at the
moment is the cost of storage for utility
scale solar, but we are currently putting
together our renewable energy strategy
which we hope to have available for
some community consultation across
the Territory later this year and which
places a road map and a vision for Ter-
ritory Generation’s renewable energy
strategies moving forward,” said the
“In Tennant Creek we have been fo-
cussed on delivering the new generation
project and it is our intention to look at
Tennant Creek particularly as a devel-
opment site, with solar-thermal or solar
photo-voltaic with battery storage.”
“We would use Tennant Creek to solve
the issue of storage solar and a thermal
power station and the integration re-
quired to make it work together.”
Great news for Tennant Creek, Labor’s
policy and renewable energy in the Ter-
Member for Barkly
Estimates uncover hidden costs
Authorised by Gerry McCarthy, 114 Paterson Street, Tennant Creek, NT.
LOCAL man Neil Price (pictured)
has been appointed as Barkly Re-
gional Council’s newest council-
lor for Patta Ward.
Council called for applications in April
this year according to Section 3(c) of
CP000047 Elected Member Casual Va-
cancy Policy following the resignation
of Councillor Tony Boulter in March.
Mr Price, who has lived in Tennant
Creek for the past 15 years, said he hoped
to use the skills and experience he’s ac-
quired over 42 years in the Northern Ter-
ritory to act in the best interests of locals
and the regional community as a whole.
“Barkly Regional Council has a critical
role to play in the social and economic
development of the Tennant Creek and
surrounding region,” he said.
“A key area of interest for me is the
role of Council in lifting employment
numbers and the skills base, regionally.
“I am honoured to have been selected
and as an ever youthful 63-year-old I am
confident I can contribute to the commu-
nity, the region and to the other Council
Elected members assessed all four ap-
plications in a confidential session at the
Ordinary Council Meeting on 16 June.
Acting President Bob Bagnall congratu-
lated Mr Price on his appointment and
looked forward to his valuable contribu-
tion to Council and the community.
Mr Price will serve as a councillor until
the August 2017 Ordinary Election.
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