TAX ANGER RIS­ING

De­lays to the back­packer tax are caus­ing un­cer­tainty.

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

THERE is no one in the North Bur­nett who knows what the ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a back­packer in the re­gion is like more than Barbara Dell’Or­fano.

Ms Dell’Or­fano came to the North Bur­nett five years ago as a back­packer and has re­mained ever since, help­ing back­pack­ers at the Sea­sonal Work­ers Camp and Three Rivers Tourist Park.

“A cou­ple of friends told me their friends are not go­ing to come un­til the back­packer tax is sorted,” she said.

“It’s cre­at­ing con­fu­sion, peo­ple just don't know what to do.

“For ex­am­ple, we have peo­ple that spent this year’s cit­rus sea­son in Mundubbera, but they say if the tax is com­ing they won't come back and they'll find an­other job.

“It’s al­ready af­fect­ing the town.”

Mundubbera En­ter­prise As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Sher­rie Bre­itkopf said there was a lot of un­cer­tainty in the in­dus­try at the mo­ment.

“I want it to be re­solved in a man­ner that sup­ports agri­cul­ture and tourism,” Mrs Bre­itkopf said.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

NOT HAPPY: Sher­rie Bre­itkopf and Barbara Dell'Or­fano are unim­pressed by the back­packer tax de­lay.

PHOTO: TOBI LOF­TUS

GET IT SORTED: Sher­rie Bre­itkopf and Barbara Dell'Or­fano are unim­pressed by the back­packer tax de­lay.

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