Tighten the purse strings

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS - A grader has been leased by Strath­bo­gie Shire Coun­cil to en­sure its vast net­work of ru­ral roads are kept up to scratch.

Mem­ber for North­ern Vic­to­ria Wendy Lovell says Vic­to­ria is now of­fi­cially a more ex­pen­sive place to live thanks to an in­crease in a range of govern­ment fees, fines and charges.

Res­i­dents can ex­pect to be slugged higher on house­hold wa­ter bills; driv­ers li­cence fees; traf­fic, red light and speed­ing fines; light trailer, car­a­van and ve­hi­cle reg­is­tra­tions; boat reg­is­tra­tions and li­cences; recre­ational fish­ing li­cences; birth, death and mar­riage cer­tifi­cates; as well as busi­ness reg­is­tra­tion fees.

Ms Lovell said this year’s state bud­get also in­tro­duced new or in­creased taxes that took ef­fect from July 1, in­clud­ing in­creased stamp duty on new cars, a new stamp duty for off-the-plan pur­chases, and re­moval of the ex­emp­tion of cer­tain trans­fers of prop­erty be­tween spouses.

How­ever, it wasn’t bad news for every­one, with July 1 see­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the dou­bling of the re­gional First Home Owner Grant and cuts to stamp duty for first home buy­ers.

Ms Lovell said the Vic­to­rian Govern­ment was con­tin­u­ing to make it hard for ru­ral and re­gional Vic­to­ri­ans, when many were al­ready do­ing it tough.

‘‘Daniel An­drews and his trea­surer Tim Pal­las hit Vic­to­ria with a high-tax­ing state bud­get this year, and the im­pacts of that are go­ing to start be­ing felt now,’’ she said.

‘‘The cost of liv­ing is get­ting higher and higher and less peo­ple are able to eas­ily make ends meet.

‘‘For our lo­cal com­mu­nity . . . each in­crease is yet an­other cost for peo­ple to try and cover in their al­ready stretched house­hold bud­gets.’’

Noo­rilim — Lyn Had­field, Probus Sey­mour Heavy duty:

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