Not-for-profit education receives discount on infrastructure

FOLLOWING a review of Gladstone Regional Council's adopted infrastructure charges and further discussion at the council's general meeting this week there has been a welcome change for not-for-profit educational facilities.

If not-for-profit educational facilities develop on land that is not owned or controlled by the council they will now receive a 50 per cent reduction in infrastructure charges.

Gladstone Mayor Gail Sellers said the council chose to review the infrastructure charges due to the value educational establishments offered to communities within the region.

Cr Sellers said under existing council resolutions infrastructure charges for educational establishments had only been applicable to catholic and independent schools.

State schools are not required to lodge planning/building applications with the council therefore no mechanisms exist to enable the council to levy infrastructure charges.

"This exemption will enable greater equality for the development of educational establishments across the board," Cr Sellers said.