Costs cut to build in region
THE cost to develop land in rural regions has became significantly cheaper following a council decision to review its infrastructure charges.
Cr Tony Ricciardi said discussions with local Chamber of Commerce representatives and other interested parties from Childers and Gin Gin had resulted in council reviewing per lot infrastructure charges that had been applied in 2014.
The new charges were adopted and took effect from October 19.
“Council reintroduced a hinterland category, which addressed the concerns of the Childers Chamber and other interested parties,” he said.
A partially serviced lot (no wastewater) attracts a contribution of $15,000 (down from $22,680), a hinterland lot with no water or wastewater attracts a charge of $10,000 (down from $20,160).
“Both these charges are 46.4% and 64.3% below the capped charges regulated by the State Government, which indicate significant discounts.”
The new charges are in line with costs that would have applied at amalgamation in 2008.
Cr Ricciardi said he was receiving positive feedback regarding the new charges and believed they would assist in driving development.
Childers local and business owner Wayne Say was part of the driving force to change the infrastructure charges.
“The council realised the current charges were stifling development,” Mr Say said.
“As the new charges are put into play it will increase development and will increase land sales.
“The infrastructure charges are just for the privilege to be able to connect to these services.”