Coun­cil fee de­ci­sion back­fires

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - Tony Rag­gatt townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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