Tax on farmers: $100,000 water meters proposed

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FARMERS can expect to pay up to $100,000 to install new water meters under a Palaszczuk government proposal to improve the measurement of non-urban water use.

The 20 page document titled Proposal for strengthening non-urban water measurement says water entitlement holders will bear all costs relating to installing new meters.

According to the government’s own estimates, the cost of a new water meter ranges from $8000 up to $100,000 a meter. Retrofitting the required telemetry equipment to an existing meter will cost from $500 to $5000, the document says.

Page 14 of the proposal outlines the costs likely to be incurred by farmers.

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