Coun­cil charges un­fair

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

CON­GRAT­U­LA­TIONS to Troy Ma­dle for sup­port­ing lo­cal businesses in Childers (Isis Town & Coun­try: July 17). As the own­ers of a commercial property in the main street, we too have been no­ti­fied that an ex­tra util­ity charge of $500 a year will be added to our rates. This is be­cause our lessee put in a grease trap in ac­cor­dance with coun­cil’s re­quire­ments for a food ser­vice fa­cil­ity. A grease trap lessens the bur­den on coun­cil in­fra­struc­ture yet this was the cat­a­lyst for the coun­cil’s ex­tra fee. In­ter­est­ingly, it would ap­pear that those ex­ist­ing businesses with­out grease traps have not been charged the ex­tra fee, yet they are the ones that con­trib­ute the most to the sewer and waste sys­tems. We feel that Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil needs to sup­port the lo­cal Childers econ­omy and not add to the bur­den of lo­cal busi­ness. We do not wish to see the main street once again be­come the ghost town it was 20 years ago. LYN MARSH AND MICK COLLINS


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