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Local Council rate increases

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Dianne Mauloni
Lot 2 Francis Road
MENA CREEK QLD 4871

Total Signatures - 414

Sponsoring Member: Andrew Cripps MP

Posting Date: 15/12/2010

Closing Date: 6/05/2011

Tabled Date: 10/05/2011

Responded By: Hon Paul Lucas MP on 9/06/2011

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the following.

  • The excessive Local Council rate increases following local council amalgamations and the financial hardship this is causing ratepayers;
  • The 'double whammy' effect caused by increasing land valuations and rising council rates;
  • The $100 million per year funding cutbacks from the State Government to Councils and the increased borrowing costs on Councils due to the State Government credit rating downgrade;
  • The impost on ratepayers when Local Councils have to undertake compliance activities of the State Government.

Your petitioners therefore request the House to:

  •  Recognise the financial hardship placed on ratepayers from the State Government financial mismanagement and cutbacks on Queensland Councils;
  • Call on the State Government to provide adequate financial assistance and better support to Queensland Councils to help them deliver better services to their communities - without the need for exorbitant rate increases.