Inquiry will not fix EP power issues

There are fears the inquiry which is looking into energy security on Eyre Peninsula will not fix anything.

Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) chair Bryan Trigg said he feared nothing would come from the Essential Services Commission of South Australia’s (ESCOSA) inquiry into the reliability and quality of electricity supply on the Eyre Peninsula.

“ESCOSA have been really good, getting out and getting advice from locals, which is rare for a government department,” he said.

“I haven’t got faith that anything will happen, if it does, it will be five years before it happens.”

Mr Trigg said private investors providing power was the best thing to secure power on the Eyre Peninsula.

“The RDA is trying to develop the region, but regional development falls apart if there is no power,” he said.

ESCOSA will put its final report to Energy Minister Tom Koutsantonis by the end of October.

Mr Trigg said his fears were Mr Koutsantonis would make a lot of noise and ask a few questions before going into caretaker mode because of the coming election.