Councils go after extra revenue from companies
A MOTION passed at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference in Mackay could put up to $1million back in Gladstone Regional Council's pocket, according to deputy mayor Matt Burnett.
The motion called for rates to be paid to councils by profit-generating companies that buy or lease long-term public assets from the State Government.
The Callemondah shunting yards at Gladstone were the largest QR National depot in the state outside Brisbane, Cr Burnett said, with hundreds of staff on site.
"Why shouldn't they be paying rates to council like anyone else?" Cr Burnett asked the conference.
The same motion was tabled in 2012 and taken to the Minister for consideration, but it was rejected.