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Ergon Energy depots

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

David Land
PO Box 7

Total Signatures - 914

Sponsoring Member: Curtis Pitt MP

Posting Date: 24/07/2013

Closing Date: 28/10/2013

Tabled Date: 29/10/2013

Responded By: Hon Mark McArdle MP on 26/11/2013

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland citizens draws to the attention of the House our deep concern about the proposed closure of more than 30 Ergon Energy Depots and the outsourcing of energy jobs as indicated by the Government's in principle agreement of recommendation 23 contained in the Independent Review Committee Report.


Recommendation 23
In the Ergon Energy service delivery area, consideration be given to the adoption of a Local Service Agent model for depots in the range of 8 to 15 employees ...

We believe the decision by the State Government to push ahead with depot closures is irresponsible and a gross betrayal of trust. We oppose the recommendation on three main points:

  • Taking jobs out of these communities will affect the economies, the viability of schools, the value of properties and the future of the affected communities.
  • These towns rely heavily on their electricity workers, they are a vital part of these communities, and they provide a service that is efficient, timely and in times of natural disaster, a comfort to the most vulnerable.
  • We believe depot closures and outsourcing will have a severe impact on response times and public safety in these communities particularly in times of natural disaster.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to reject the proposal and stand up for regional and remote Queensland communities.