Rates to rise after disasters
RATES across Queensland are guaranteed to rise, with the recent natural disasters pushing up council costs by an average of 7.5 per cent. The figure is contained in a new report commissioned by the Local Government Association of Queensland. The report says even councils that weren’t affected by the floods and Cyclone Yasi will face big hikes in costs due to the expected explosion in demand for construction resources. LGAQ chief executive Greg Hallam said this needed to be taken into account. ‘‘ Councils were already doing it tough before these disasters,’’ he said.