Residents voice rates anger at council meeting

Ratepayers voice anger at council meeting: More than 20 ratepayers attended this morning's Gladstone Regional Council's general meeting to voice their anger.

MORE than 20 ratepayers were at the general council meeting this morning to express their anger over rates and to submit a petition.

The petition calls for a review into rates set by the council, following the latest rates notice, and gained 5000 signatures.

However, many of the people who signed it listed their address generically as 'Australia'.

Other addresses included Yeppoon, Rockhampton and New Zealand.

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Gladstone Regional Council CEO Stuart Randle said the petition would be considered carefully, including how many signatures were from residents in the Gladstone region.

But also said it was unlikely to alter the council's approach to rating.

Ryan Kruger presented his on-line petition to me today during the General Council Meeting. The petition has 4000 Likes...

Posted by Mayor Gail Sellers on Monday, 31 August 2015

 

He said the ten-year financial plan was reviewed twice a year with the next review scheduled for December.

"We will keep (the petition) in mind when doing our next review,"  Mr Randle said.

"But we have been focusing on cost reduction for the past five years and will continue to do so."

The latest budget released in June shows the council has reduced operating costs by $4 million in one year (3% of the total budget).