Workers at the Swickers Bacon Factory.
Workers at the Swickers Bacon Factory. Will Hunter

Council adjusts water fees for Swickers

ONE of the South Burnett's largest employers has had their water consumption charges adjusted.

South Burnett Regional Council agreed to decrease the charges for water consumption at the Swickers Kingaroy Bacon Factory, during their February meeting.

Swickers had requested a tier one charge of $1.64 to be applied for all of their water consumption.

The council agreed to charge the factory the tier one charge of $1.64 for the first 20,000 kilolitres of water used in each six monthly period of this financial year.

The tier two charge of $2.20 per kilolitre will be charged for all water used about 20,000 kilolitres in each six monthly period.

Councillor Ros Heit said these sorts of decisions can be challenging, because the adjustment would come at a cost to council.

"Swickers is a very large employer and uses a lot of water,” she said.

Mayor Keith Campbell said this was a situation out of necessity, so the business can continue to run.

He said the tiers are implemented to discourage the overuse of water.

"On the other side, there's large volumes of water within the business,” he said.

Councillor Terry Fleischfresser said the decision was easy because it impacted more than the Swickers employees.

"It affects those people who are producers on the properties,” he said.

The council will review the situation in June 2019 to decide if the concession is extended for a further 12 months.