“It is obvious the government have lost complete control of their budget”.
”Letter to Coober Pedy Businesses
By now you will be aware that the state government intends to dramatically increase (more than double in most commercial cases), the price of power to all consumers in Coober Pedy, both domestic and commercial.
To most of us that means a double hit.
The government has targeted us again because we are small, out of the way, and because it is obvious they have lost complete control of their budget.
They want us to believe that they need the $1.3M from our electricity budget to balance their books yet they can spend $1.5M to buy flat screen TVs for prisoners of the state penal system and can spend $500+M on Adelaide Oval, build a new research centre on North Terrace for $145M, subsidise the ‘footy express’(the bus service that takes patrons from the city to AAMI stadium) so that all the users pay ZERO (that’s right 22 games with at least 190 bus services each. The wages alone would be astronomical).
After all this they cannot find $1.3M. I REFUSE TO TAKE THIS LYING DOWN.
I WILL NOT ALLOW THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO SHAFT US WITHOUT A FIGHT.
So after many meetings, and much effort, talking, writing, emails and putting up with what can only be understood to be lies by Minister O’Brien and his staff, the committee of your association has decided to set up a ‘FIGHTING FUND’ and we need to fight these people to get back what is rightfully ours.
We now need to raise funds to ensure we take this fight right up to Rann and his follies. Our Association will be committing $10,000 to this fund. I personally will make a substantial donation and we ask that everyone makes a commitment that they can afford.
WE MUST FIGHT THESE CLOWNS FROM NORTH TERRACE. 70 CENTS FOR A KILOWATT OF POWER AND $7.71 FOR A KILOLITRE OF WATER IS UNJUST AND UNFAIR.
Together with the District Council of Coober Pedy, we will continue the fight.
Robert Coro, Chairperson
Coober Pedy Retail, Business and Tourism Association.
30th March 2011