Dou­glas val­u­a­tions rise by 8pc since last time

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

DOU­GLAS Shire Coun­cil area’s land val­ues rose by 8 per cent over­all since the last val­u­a­tion in 2014, ac­cord­ing to the state Val­uer Gen­eral.

“Land val­ues have gen­er­ally in­creased since the last val­u­a­tion, with mi­nor in­creases recorded in most mar­ket sec­tors and lo­cal­i­ties,” said Val­uer Gen­eral Neil Bray.

“Res­i­den­tial val­ues have gen­er­ally risen in Port Dou­glas and Moss­man while com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial lands and the ru­ral res­i­den­tial mar­ket gen­er­ally in­creased how­ever the pri­mary pro­duc­tion mar­kets re­mained static.

“Some lo­cal­i­ties such as Port Dou­glas re­flected mi­nor in­creases in me­dian val­ues due to an in­creased de­mand for land re­sult­ing from an up­swing in the tourism sec­tor, with the me­dian value of res­i­den­tial land in Port Dou­glas in­creas­ing from $285,000 to $300,000.”

Mr Bray said the val­u­a­tions would take ef­fect on June 30, 2016.

“It is im­por­tant that landown­ers re­alise that val­u­a­tion no­tices are not rate no­tices,” he said.

“Rates are set by lo­cal gov­ern­ments un­der the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Act 2009 when they de­ter­mine their an­nual bud­gets.

“The

set­ting of rates

is based on a num­ber of fac­tors – val­u­a­tions are only one of those fac­tors.” Mr Bray said landown­ers who be­lieved their val­u­a­tion was in­cor­rect, and could pro­vide in­for­ma­tion to sup­port this, could lodge their ob­jec­tion on­line at www.dnrm.qld.gov.au or at the ad­dress shown at the top of their val­u­a­tion no­tice by May 3, 2016. “Landown­ers with­out in­ter­net ac­cess can get an ob­jec­tion kit that in­cludes a stepby-step guide by phon­ing 1300 664 217,” he said. “Hard copies of the val­u­a­tion list can be viewed at Department of Nat­u­ral Re­sources and Mines business cen­tres.

Pic­ture: AN­GELIQUE PATTERSON

Port Dou­glas land val­ues have risen sig­nif­i­cantly since 2014

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