Gladstone council has its say at local govt conference

SOME key motions put forward by Gladstone Regional Council have successfully passed during voting at the Local Government Association of Queensland conference.

The LGAQ conference is designed so councils from across the state can come together and lobby with one voice on various issues.

One of the motions successfully put forward by the council was to remove the policy which exempts QR National from paying general rates.

Gladstone council argued that QR national was a publicly listed company, with $9.2 billion worth of assets, so it should have to pay general rates.

The council also submitted a motion calling for the association to lobby against a State Government plan to review current remittance arrangements for Category 1 water authorities, whereby dividend and tax equivalent payments are remitted to the council.

In the case of Gladstone, that authority is Gladstone Area Water Board.

The council also successfully submitted a motion to support a drink container refund scheme.



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