Surf club rates re­lief

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Port Dou­glas Surf Life­sav­ing Club has won a per­ma­nent con­ces­sion from the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

Coun­cil de­cided yes­ter­day to amend its rates-based fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance pol­icy so coun­cil can pro­vide greater fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to the club ev­ery year, rather than de­pend­ing on the good­will of the coun­cil on an an­nual ba­sis.

While the club has wel­comed the of­fer­ing, of a 50 per cent re­duc­tion on gen­eral rates and sew­er­age charges, club spokesman Michael Bolt said it did not go far enough.

“It’s pretty un­sat­is­fac­tory,” Mr Bolt said.

“We were pay­ing around $2000 un­der the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil, and about $3200 in the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

“We haven’t re­ceived any for­mal no­ti­fi­ca­tion from coun­cil yet, but I fig­ure our rates in the next fi­nan­cial year will amount to nearly $7000.”

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