Legislative Council: Thursday, July 07, 2022


Tea Tree Gully Community Wastewater Management System

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK (14:55): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before directing questions to the Attorney-General representing the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water on the subject of the Tea Tree Gully CWMS.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: As part of Labor's election policy document, 'Taking control of the CWMS', from 1 July 2022 all previous Tea Tree Gully council community wastewater management system customers were transferred to SA Water for billing purposes. The 2022 budget lists the cost of this as being $3.3 million over two years. My questions for the minister are:

1. Are there any asset writedown costs, liabilities or any other accounting implications that will transfer to SA Water as a result of Labor's election commitment to transfer all customers by 1 July 2022?

2. If so, what are the details of these, including any estimated and/or actual costs and a breakdown of how much, and what will be the impact on customer bills as a result?

3. What are the details of the arrangement with the council to allow the transfer, and did the council provide any financial contribution?

4. Will the time line of the physical transfer of customers continue as planned under the SA Water sustainable sewers program?

5. What is the breakdown of the $3.3 million? What are the components and costings for each of those?

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Attorney-General, Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector) (14:57): I think the honourable member for her questions. I am happy to refer those to my colleague in another place and bring back a reply.