Western Australia's water is under threat. Our state is growing but the Barnett Government is cutting jobs and privatising services. We call on the Barnett Government to ensure our infrastructure and water accessibility can cope with our growing population.
Save Our Water is a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of publicly provided water.
The Save our Water Campaign team is committed to ensuring that water supply, services, account management and faults are roles undertaken by the public sector for better services to the public.
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The Western Australian public deserves access to an affordable, reliable and quality water service and the only way that can happen is for our water assets to remain in government hands.
That was one of the key messages from the Save Our Water rally in Leederville on Thursday.
Water Corporation members came out in force at the lunch -time event to highlight their concerns for the future of government-run service – particularly as the Barnett Government plans to shed 10 per cent of its workforce over a 12-month period.
The public is now seeing ongoing examples of what happens when services are not maintained to a high standard and there is not regular planned maintenance.
CPSU/CSA branch secretary Toni Walkington said the government’s plans to offload water assets went against what many municipalities around the world were doing.
“Over the last decade over 180 different cities have brought their water supply back into public hands,” Ms Walkington said.
“They have found that water supply has cost more when it has been privatised, the standard has gone down and public health has been compromised.
“So why would you go down that path?
Ms Walkington said the government seemed to be providing opportunities for their mates in big business.
“This government is about the high end of town, not about ordinary people.
“We know that privatisation is not accountable, already we know that details of the contracts of the sell off of the construction branch are not going to be made public.
“So how can we check that things are being done as they said they would be?”
Ms Walkington queried how the public would be reassured that the quality of service and the costs remained the same.
“We simply can’t know that
“This is just another example of the Barnett Government doing something in secret.”