Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill
The Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill is of particular interest for the Sunshine Coast development community as it gives distributor retailers the ability to assess approvals independently of council. The water distributor-retailers model was designed to provide greater efficiency and better service for the development industry. But feedback from our members showed this wasn’t the case with coordination failures and continued inefficiencies.
In February 2014, to address concerns raised by the industry and the UDIA (Qld), the Queensland Government introduced the Water Supply Services Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 into Parliament. The UDIA (Qld) response to the government’s call for submissions included:
support for the utility model as it has the potential to lower holding costs and result in fewer delays for developers
warned that the success of the model is dependent, not so much on the legislation but on the practices and processes established by distributor retailers
urged the Queensland Government to monitor and report on the performance of the new system
expressed concern that overall fees for developers may rise after the introduction of the utility model.