Meeting on water charge changes

CONTROVERSIAL changes to council water charges that forced a massive protest by meatworkers in Casino will be decided upon at an extraordinary meeting on Tuesday.

Under the plan, the Richmond Valley Council has proposed removing a special food producer category from its pricing structure. The move would result in the price of water for food producing businesses rising from 69 cents per kilolitre to $1.68.

The council became embroiled in a row with the Northern Co-Operative Meat Company, which operates the Casino Meatworks, following the announcement of the plan earlier in the year.

The Co-op warned it would have to shed jobs and build its own water treatment plan if the council’s plan went ahead.

The council will make a decision on its water pricing structure at an extraordinary meeting scheduled for 9am.

At that meeting the council will also decide on the level of general rates for the 2011/12 financial year.

 



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