News

Water, sewerage rates rise flushes away savings

RATEPAYERS are angry at the rates hike announced by Gladstone Regional Council in its budget on Wednesday.

Water bills are set to increase by 14.9%, sewerage by 9.4%, waste by 6.4% and general rates by 2.67%.

The council said the rates increases were necessary for long-term financial stability.

But online comments on Thursday's budget stories in The Observer slammed the rates hike, with people in Boyne Island, Kin Kora, Kirkwood, Mt Larcom and other areas expressing anger, frustration and disappointment at the 5.8% rate increase across all services.

Calliope resident Sonya Robson said a 14.9% increase in her water bill was going to hit hard.

"It's too high. We already pay too much - $400 or $500 every quarter," she said.

Ms Robson's one-acre property has gardens and lawns, and while she uses rainwater tanks to tend them, town water is a supplement.

"We have lawns and gardens, and like to keep them green," she said.

A long-term resident, Ms Robson said she would not mind copping the rates hike if she could see benefits from Gladstone Regional Council.

But that transparency just isn't there at the moment, she said.

"At the end of the day, if we're going to see where the money is going, that's fine.

"But that's not tangible at this stage."

According to Gladstone Regional Council, the 14% water rates increase had to happen and would help ensure residents receive reliable access to potable water into the future.

Chief financial officer Mark Holmes said the former pricing structure covered day-to-day costs of the water service but did not adequately provide for the decline in asset value over time.

"Council has for years recognised that its rates were well below the cost of providing the service," he said.

The council needs to be putting money aside, according to Mr Holmes, to ensure reservoirs, treatment plans and other water infrastructure can be replaced when the need arises.

NEW WATER RATES

Lake Awoonga scheme

  • $401. Up $52

Miriam Vale / Bororen scheme

  • $485. Up $34

Agnes Water / Seventeen Seventy scheme

  • $496. Up $35

Topics:  gladstone regional council, rates, water bill




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

'All I heard when my baby cried was ‘you’re a terrible mum'

APN Hey Mummy Feature for online - stock images of Katie Dykes. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

KATIE'S battle with PND is not unlike many mothers.

'I just thought all mums got no sleep'

MELTOPIA battled PND with all four of her children.

4 survival tips for mummas heading back to work

The few reminders every working mum needs to read.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Mitsubishi recalls half a million cars: Here's the list

Mitsubishi is having to recall a massive range of its cars due to potential safety concerns

The recall affects almost every Mitsubishi sold in the past decade

YOUR GUIDE: Flynn candidates hand in their resumes

WHO is most qualified for Flynn's top job?

Latest deals and offers

Matthew Holmes and Indy

Matthew Holmes and Indy

Matthew Holmes and Indy

60th wedding anniversary

Leila and Pertti 'Peter' Kouivunen celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this month.

Leila Koivunen has just celebrated her 60th wedding anniversary with husband...

Zac Beers on MEdicare

Labor held a rally on Dawson Hwy about more cuts to Medicare.

Burnett Heads housing development approved

COUNCIL APPROVED: A Burnett Heads housing development has been approved by Bundaberg Regional Council. Photo Contributed

Councillors approved the development seven votes to four

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward