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A RIVERLAND irrigation trust has
banded together with some of the
state’s largest companies in an attempt
to negotiate lower energy prices for
The Central Irrigation Trust (CIT)
has joined with 10 other South
Australian-based businesses that
account for 10 per cent of the state’s
CIT chief executive officer Gavin
McMahon said the trust was looking
at every avenue to reduce costs.
“This is an opportunity that we’ve
worked with and it’s come to light, so
we’re pursuing it,” he said.
“With a bigger buying group we’ve
got a little bit more bargaining power,
and it might be enough to entice
another entrant into the market.
“You’ve seen BHP do that recently,
and we’ve seen a government tender
go out in an attempt to do that.
“A large group may be a little more
attractive for somebody to come in
and increase supply.”
CIT has bore the brunt of an
$800,000 increase to its energy bill
in the past year and will have to pass
some of the cost on to its customers
Mr McMahon and CIT have been
vocal about sky-rocketing power pric-
es over the past few years, lobbying
all forms of government to try and
reduce the cost of electricity.
“We’re looking at anything we can
do to reduce increases to our custom-
ers,” he said.
“Our customers will see reasonably
significant price increases in the com-
ing year and we’re trying to minimise
that impact as much as we can.”
The group has approached
the Australian Competition and
Consumer Commission (ACCC) for
permission to negotiate as a group,
which is generally illegal under
Australian competition law.
“The ACCC will do some due dili-
gence on it as to whether it will have
an impact on the market place, wheth-
er it will have an impact on the ener-
gy suppliers and determine whether
it’s in the interest of consumers,” Mr
Member for Chaffey Tim
Whetstone wrote a letter to the ACCC
in support of the group, writing that
it was vital for electricity costs to be
reduced so South Australian busi-
nesses can remain competitive at a
national and international level.
“This collaborative model is a
method for high electricity users to
control operational costs and increase
reliability of supply,” he wrote.
“The formation of a buyer group
with demand for reliable supply has
the capacity to encourage new genera-
tion to ensure the energy mix in other
business and residential costs does not
become more non-synchronous.”
The group expects to hear from the
ACCC about its application by the
middle of June.
THOUSANDS of peo-
ple will head to Loxton
over the weekend to
celebrate the 60th anni-
versary of the Loxton
The three-day event
will kick-off tonight
with a special gala din-
ner at the Loxton Hotel,
and a free family movie
night in Loxton’s East
event begins at 10am
with street stalls fol-
lowed by the much-
anticipated parade at
Float prize recipients,
along with the Loxton
News Mardi Gras
Shop Window Display
will be announced at
1pm, closely followed
by the crowning of
the 2017 Mardi Gras
year’s celebrations will
Mardi Gras queens and
ambassadors from the
event’s 60-year history.
The weekend’s activi-
ties will be rounded off
on Sunday with the spe-
cial Loxton Mardi Gras
at the rotunda from
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Mardi Gras weekend is here
Central Irrigation Trust chief executive officer Gavin McMahon says the trust
has joined a group of 10 of the largest South Australian businesses to try and
negotiate lower power prices.
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