Rates fears on In­n­is­fail mas­ter plan

The Weekend Post - - News -

ELISABETH CHAM­PION TULLY, Mis­sion Beach and Card­well are next on the list for a facelift fol­low­ing feed­back from the In­n­is­fail Draft Mas­ter­plan.

Coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously at an eco­nomic ac­ti­va­tion and tourism com­mit­tee meet­ing on Thurs­day to be­gin a re­view of the re­gion’s ma­jor cen­tres.

The re­view will iden­tify re­de­vel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties and recog­nise Mis­sion Beach as a pri­or­ity for fur­ther mas­ter plan­ning.

In­n­is­fail’s draft mas­ter plan was re­leased to the pub­lic last month with am­bi­tious plans for re­de­vel­op­ment.

Although he was a sup- porter of the idea, Divi­sion 4 Cr Mark Nolan ex­pressed con­cerns on how the coun­cil could af­ford to im­ple­ment the plans.

“The feed­back on In­n­is­fail re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion is very pos­i­tive, but it’s been mixed with some peo­ple ask­ing who’s go­ing to pay for it, how will it af­fect de­pre­ci­a­tion and what are we do­ing about re­tire­ment of cur­rent as­sets,” he said.

“It wasn’t that long ago that my­self, Cr Kim­ber­ley and Cr Raleigh were in­volved in meet­ings with Queens­land Trea­sury Cor­po­ra­tion and they made two clear dis­tinc­tions to us — our rate base is too nar­row and our as­set base is too broad.

“At the mo­ment peo­ple are say­ing it sounds good, it’s gone down well, but is it af­ford­able?

“This is go­ing to put pres­sure on rates.”

Mayor John Kre­mas­tos said the plans were de­signed to help at­tract new busi­nesses and in­vest­ment to the re­gion.

“I think these com­ments are based on in­creas­ing the as­sets, but the ac­tual ratepayer base re­main­ing the same,” he said.

“That doesn’t go hand-in­hand. We’re go­ing to have a strate­gic plan go­ing for­ward and we are go­ing to in­vest and we are go­ing to at­tract in­vest­ment to the area.”

The mas­ter plan­ning process will eval­u­ate pedes­trian and ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic ar­range­ments and de­velop strate­gies to re­vive tired ar­eas. It will in­clude pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion.

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