Costs cut to build in re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - News -

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.”

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