Delivering Sustainability: Consumers to examine energy, water supply

Protecting the future supply of energy and water to NSW households will be the focus of a key consumer conference to be held in Sydney tomorrow.

Delivering Sustainability will bring together experts from the community, industry and the NSW Government to discuss keeping essential services affordable while meeting the need for new investment in infrastructure and improving environmental outcomes.

‘The challenge is to keep these essential services within reach of the whole community’ said Jim Wellsmore, PIAC’s Senior Policy Officer. ‘We need a long term view which ensures affordability, protects the environment and meets the needs of the suppliers.’

The conference will be convened by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) through its Utility Consumers’ Advocacy Program (UCAP). The opening address will be given by the NSW Minister for Water Utilities, the Hon. David Campbell. Other speakers include representatives of energy and water suppliers, consumers and environmental groups.

Also addressing the conference will be Mr Graham Smith from the NSW No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) Network. These providers assist lowincome households invest in new, energy-efficient appliances.

The conference will be held tomorrow, 11 October, at the Sydney Masonic Centre, 66 Goulburn St. commencing at 9:00 with theMinister’s address.

MEDIA CONTACT: Dominic O’Grady, Media and Communications Officer,

Public Interest Advocacy Centre. Ph: 02 8898 6532 or 0400 110 169

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