Queensland Parliament has passed water legislation that covers issues including household water bills, the coal seam gas (CSG) industry and Wild Rivers laws.
The legislation expands the role of the Energy Ombudsman to investigate water disputes.
Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, Stephen Robertson, says there will also be water bill templates that break down state and council water charges.
“For the first time we will know who is responsible for what,” he told the House.
But Opposition spokesman Tim Nicholls says allowing the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) to regulate water price hikes will not ease the pain for consumers.
“The continuing issue for south-east Queenslanders will be the rising cost of basic household needs like water and electricity,” he said.
The legislation increases groundwater reporting requirements for coal seam gas companies and paves the way for expanding Wild Rivers laws to the Lake Eyre Basin.