Electricians call for urgent meeting with chair of Ergon Energex merger

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11 May 2016

Master Electricians has today welcomed the selection of a chair nominee to the Queensland Government’s parent company to be formed from the merger of Ergon and Energex.

MEA Chief Executive Officer Malcolm Richards commended power industry identity Philip Garling on his appointment to the role.

“We congratulate Mr Garling on his new role, and recognise his industry experience,” Mr Richards said.

“We are urgently seeking a meeting with Mr Garling to discuss our grave concerns about the potential abuse of market power by the State Government in setting up its own business to compete head to head with mum and dad electrical businesses.

“Emerging technologies are the bread and butter work for all electricians, whether they are based in the regions or in the city.”

Mr Richards said the new entity can foster positive opportunities for the market.

“We believe the new entity can stimulate the market, actively enabling new emerging technologies to exceed by tweaking tariffs and incentives, and not competing with mum and dad contractors directly,” he said.

“We trust that by now having a chair of the committee in place, we will finally have someone who can make key strategic decisions to support a close working relationship between the entity and private mum-and-dad contractors in regional Queensland.”

Malcolm Richards is available for interview. Please phone SAS Group on 07 3221 9222 or 0467 792 013.