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Water prices held down but hobby farmers face big increases

Many Goulburn-Murray Water gravity irrigators may face water fee increases of less than two per cent under proposed pricing charges being developed by the water corporation.

April 1, 2014 9:00am

Many Goulburn-Murray Water gravity irrigators may face water fee increases of less than two per cent under proposed pricing charges being developed by the water corporation.

However, smaller water users under 100Ml face bigger percentage increases under the corporation’s goal to recover more costs from hobby farmers.

G-MW is telling irrigators its goal is to achieve price changes for typical medium and large customers at or below the CPI (2.5 per cent) plus 1.5 per cent.

However much steeper rises are planned for service point fees to reflect the actual costs of providing farm outlets.

The biggest rises for gravity irrigators are expected to be in the Murray Valley district where increases are proposed at around 1.9 to 2 per cent for medium (100 to 400Ml) and large (600 to 1100Ml) users.

The time allowed for feedback has been extended to April 30.

The pricing proposals will next go to the Essential Services Commission.

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