Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

$7M Bill to Set Up Water Entity

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

$7M Bill to Set Up Water Entity

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UNITYWATER has spent $7 million to set up its operations Co including more than $1 million on billboard advertising and marketing.

In a letter to Kawana MP Jarrod Bleijie, Unitywater CEO Jon Black confirmed establishment costs totalled $7.28 million, costs which would be passed on to consumers.

C[pounds sterling]Customers will also foot the bill for billboard advertising ($177,000), marketing initiatives ($716,000) and branding and uniforms to the tune of $160,000,'' Mr Bleijie said.

C[pounds sterling]Then there is the small matter of $64.6 million in wages and salaries for 916 staff.

C[pounds sterling]It's little wonder that Sunshine Coast residents have been stunned by the size of their water bills,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]But there is more bad news to come.

C[pounds sterling]Mr Black also confirmed that the price of water was set to increase again and Unitywater also faced enormous new capital works pressure on the Sunshine Coast because the council had delayed critical works, particularly in relation to sewerage treatment. …

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