Changes to in­fra­struc­ture costs wel­come

Townsville Bulletin - - Investor - Busi­ness Desk with Tony Rag­gatt

CHANGES to dra­co­nian in­fra­struc­ture charges can’t come soon enough for busi­nesses strug­gling to set up shop in Townsville.

As the story in In­vestor to­day shows, the state gov­ern­ment’s in­fra­struc­ture charges task­force has re­leased a re­port call­ing for equity, trans­parency, accountability, rea­son­able­ness, sim­plic­ity, con­sis­tency, ef­fi­ciency and neu­tral im­pact as prin­ci­ples to guide re­form.

Max­i­mum charges have been rec­om­mended of be­tween $ 20,000-$ 30,000 for res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial charges r anging from $ 90-$ 140/ sqm for bulky goods and of­fice space, and $ 125-$ 200/ sq m for re­tail. In the case of gym­na­sium op­er­a­tor Snap Fit­ness, high­lighted in the Bul­letin on March 5, these rec­om­men­da­tions would place its charges be­tween $ 34,000 and $ 76,000 – well be­low the coun­cil’s ini­tial $ 240,000 es­ti­mate.

Snap Fit­ness is still await­ing a re­sponse from coun­cil to sub­mis­sions lodged on March 8.

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