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Conclusion of Dr Patrick Walsh's appointment as Commissioner and Chairperson
Dr Patrick Walsh's second five-year term of appointment as a Commissioner and Chairperson of the Essential Services Commission concluded on 16 February 2016. Dr Walsh worked for the Commission and its predecessor from 1999 until 2016, in a range of senior roles including Director, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson. Through all of those roles Dr Walsh made a tremendous contribution to the Commission, its culture and its work. Staff and Commissioners thank Dr Walsh for his efforts and wish him all the very best for the future.
Chairperson of the Essential Services Commission of SA (ESCOSA), Pat Walsh, said the draft report, Inquiry into Reform Options for SA Water's Drinking Water and Sewerage Prices, was the result of an 18-month inquiry, referred to ESCOSA by the State Treasurer.
He said the inquiry stemmed from the South Australian Government's Water for Good plan, which identified pricing reform as a key element in ensuring long-term water security and efficiency for the State. Dr Walsh said ESCOSA's inquiry had a very specific focus - to look at possible ways in which pricing could be made more economically efficient to maximise growth of the South Australian economy. "ESCOSA's job in this case was to look at whether water prices could be better structured within the parameters of SA Water's existing annual revenue base," he said. "Against this, the draft report examines what water prices could look like if they reflected the true cost of water used by the vast majority of South Australians," Dr Walsh said. "It considers how SA Water prices the usage and the supply of water, and whether there are more cost-reflective ways to charge for both." ESCOSA's draft report estimates that the true cost of water usage by Adelaide metropolitan households and businesses may be about 62 cents per kilolitre compared to the average usage price paid for water of $2.96 per kilolitre. "At the same time, if usage charges were set at that level, to achieve the same revenue outcomes for SA Water, supply charges would need to increase by around three times their current levels," Dr Walsh said.
The Treasurer, Delia Lawrie, today announced Dr Patrick Walsh as the Northern Territory's new Utilities Commissioner.
"A Doctor of mathematics with a strong science and business background, Dr Walsh brings a wealth of experience to the role of Commissioner, being Chairperson of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia since 2005. "Dr Walsh's role will be to independently oversee the Territory's electricity industry, ensuring the appropriate conduct of electricity suppliers and customer service standards. "As part of a three man commission with Mr Mike Robson and Mr Peter Caldwell, Dr Walsh will continue to put in place a priority works program which the Government has developed to improve the industry's efficiency as well as standards and reliability of supply for customers."
Pat Walsh, chairman of the Essential Services Commission of South Australia, which regulates the industry, said the decision to delay the ETS would not affect electricity prices from July, but would have an impact later on.
Pat Walsh - Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ECOSA)