The desalination plant in Agnes Water has implications for ratepayers across the region.
The desalination plant in Agnes Water has implications for ratepayers across the region. Rob Black

Hit by rates slug again

RESIDENTS in Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy already pay some of the highest rates in the Gladstone Region and the rates rise announced yesterday is a case of more of the same, according to a ratepayers association.

1770 Action Group Inc spokesman Peter Bergman said people in the area now just expected rate rises of 10 per cent each year and they simply had to try to budget for it.

“We already pay $5000 a year and expect that to just keep going up each year by another 10 per cent,” Mr Bergman said.

“We have just got to find an extra $500 from somewhere I guess.”

Mr Bergman said as well as paying some of the highest rates, many ratepayers got very little for their money.

And after trying to work with council and be involved in the decision making on issues affecting Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, they had all but given up.

“Many of us did not want the new integrated water system and really get very little for what we pay,” he said. “When the new regional council was formed we tried to talk to them about rates and other issues, but they didn’t even bother replying.”

Mr Bergman said the 1770 Action Group Inc was still active but had been ignored by council and felt they had lost out on the two major issues — rates and how they were calculated, and the new desalination plant and sewerage system.

“If you can’t beat ‘em — then just don’t worry about them — is about all we can say.”

He said one good thing was the council’s change to water charges; with the cost of the desalination plant and the expensive water it produces to be spread across the whole region.



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