Council rates shock

A 37 per cent jump in this year’s Adelaide City Council electricity bills will ultimately be paid for by ratepayers and highlights the importance of the State Liberals plan to reduce electricity prices.

“The Marshall Liberal team is the only party that has developed a policy to deliver cheaper electricity for South Australian households, businesses and councils,” said Shadow Minister for Energy Dan van Holst Pellekaan.

“The Liberal policy of a new interconnector to New South Wales and subsidised batteries for households with solar panels will bring down the price of electricity for all South Australians.

“By way of contrast the Weatherill Government’s $550 million energy plan has failed to halt South Australia’s surging electricity prices and Nick Xenophon doesn’t even have the semblance of a policy.

“News that the Adelaide City Council will need to find an additional $2.7 million over the next two years confirms all 68 South Australians councils will be hit with increased electricity bills of between 30 and 50 per cent.

“South Australian ratepayers will be forking out tens of millions of dollars over the next couple of years for increased power prices.

“This is a double sting for ratepayers who are already paying exorbitant prices for the electricity they use in their homes as a consequence of the Weatherill Government’s failed energy policies.

“This increase further highlights how the cost of electricity is embedded into the price of so much South Australians consume.

“Sharply increasing electricity prices feed into the price of what we eat, what we drink and how we entertain ourselves.

“The Weatherill Government have made South Australia the nation’s guinea pig when it comes to transitioning into renewable energy and the price is being paid by households, businesses and now local government.”

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