Bud­get re­buked again

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THE Prop­erty Coun­cil of Aus­tralia NT has added to the crit­i­cism of Dar­win Coun­cil’s draft bud­get, say­ing there should be more fund­ing ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the CBD.

The de­vel­op­ment lobby’s NT ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Ruth Palmer said the coun­cil could have com­mit­ted new fund­ing or cho­sen to waive fees and charges on busi­nesses op­er­at­ing within the CBD.

“The City of Dar­win needs to re­con­sider their de­ci­sion to not com­mit any new fund­ing for the city,” she said.

Dar­win Coun­cil’s draft bud­get, handed down on Tues­day, saw a freeze on nearly all fees and charges levied by the coun­cil, and a mod­est $29 in­crease in rates for the typ­i­cal house­hold, but saw no new ded­i­cated fund­ing put to­wards ac­ti­vat­ing the CBD.

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