Council fee decision backfires
WHILE the extent of inf r a s t r uct ur e c harges against a new gymnasi um b us i nes s r e - main unresolved, the decision by Townsville City Council to champion the new rules looks to be backfiring badly.
Industry leaders were u n i t e d y e s t e r d a y i n their opinion that the charges were hurting economic activity.
‘‘ It’s obviously impacti ng o n b us i nes s d e - cisions to locate here,’’ Urban Development Ins t i t u t e o f Au s t r a l i a Townsville president Pat Brady said.
He said the impacts were being felt from the smallest business to the ‘‘ big end of town’’.
The Bulletin last week highlighted the case of Snap Fitness which had been provided with an infrastructure bill for $ 240,912 to operate in an e x i s t i n g c o mmerci a l building. The bill was f o r c o nt r i b ut i o ns t o water, sewerage, State and local roads.
The council’s planning c hai r man, Cr David C r i s a f u l l i , s a i d t h e council would respond ‘‘ within a week’’ to submissions made by Snap F i t n e s s c o n s u l t a n t s , calling for vastly reduced charges.