Nine Butler Street New Auckland will be auctioned off by the council if the owner doesn't pay $11,835 in overdue rates.
Nine Butler Street New Auckland will be auctioned off by the council if the owner doesn't pay $11,835 in overdue rates. Google

Council to auction off 3 homes, collect $50k in unpaid rates

THREE property owners have just over a week to find enough money to pay their overdue rates or Gladstone Regional Council will sell their homes.

There were initially 55 properties on the list when the council released the notice to sell in December after the owners of all the properties had not paid rates for more than three years.

Now that list has whittled down to three and they have just a week until the council auctions off their homes to collect a combined total of $53,609.

Three properties that could be going to auction next Thursday include: 

- 11 Streeter St, Clinton

- 9 Butler St, New Auckland

- 120 Aplin Rd, Bracewell

The Clinton owner has $16,024 in overdue rates while the New Auckland owner has $11,835 and the Bracewell owner has $25,750.

Finance and Corporate Governance Committee chair Rick Hansen said the council was still hopeful the rates payments would be made.

"Council's Sale of Land for Recovery of Rates Arrears process gives property owners up until the morning of the auction to pay their overdue rates," he said.

The public auction is scheduled to go ahead at 11am on Thursday, April 28 at Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.



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