Central Coast retirement village residents slugged with higher water and sewer rates

LIVE outside a retirement village and as a Central Coast pensioner you will receive a rebate on water and sewerage services. Live inside one and you get nothing.


It is an unfair anomaly that has angered the 10,000 or more Coast pensioners who live in the 45 to 50 retirement villages spread across the region.

Pensioners living in retirement villages in Gosford City or Wyong Shire are ineligible for water and sewerage rebates because they are classified as commercial customers rather than residential customers meaning they pay hundreds of dollars more a year.

Bob Mann a resident of Broadwater Court. Picture: Peter Clark

And while pensioners living in the retirement villages serviced by Sydney Water and Hunter Water are eligible for rebates, it would take an amendment to the Local Government Act 1993 to afford Coast pensioners the same luxury.

Not only do Coast pensioners miss out on rebates, they are also bearing the brunt of increased water and sewer rates charges — in some cases, up to 1000 per cent increases, on retirement villages.

The 2013-17 IPART determination changed the method used to calculate sewerage service fees charged on retirement villages­.


Read more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/central-coast/central-coast-retirement-village-residents-slugged-with-higher-water-and-sewer-rates/news-story/a7a9eef68259692510aa8387e2cedfa7

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